Survivor: Borneo premiered 20 years ago. I’m going to spend the summer rewatching and doing what I didn’t do back in 2000: writing recaps analyzing the reality show that changed everything.
From Amy Cooper calling police in Central Park on a black man to a Minneapolis police officer killing a black man who was crying for help, this week has given us even more evidence of explicit racism. But we also need to focus on implicit, casual racism perpetuated by reality TV and its stars.
Holey Moley II: The Sequel made several changes from season one, and I talked to one of its executive producers about those changes, including why Stephen Curry is now animated instead of on the course.
Why aren’t networks and producers just taking the casts of our favorite shows and keeping them in hotel rooms for two weeks? Because that would ignore a key part of reality TV.
America’s Got Talent, Match Game, World of Dance, Titan Games, and several other big summer shows return this week, along with premieres on cable and streaming.
Holey Moley’s first season was great fun. Season two is even better, which is to say it’s far more insane and more like Wipeout—yet also more of a legitimate competition.
Survivor Gabon cast member Marcus Lehman is one of the men former Bachelor contestant Kirsty Katzmann is choosing from on Fox’s new dating reality show Labor of Love. I interviewed him about his experience.