reality blurred is your guide to the world of reality television and unscripted entertainment, from soapy reality shows to strategic competitions to artful documentary series.
These pages include original reporting and journalism about unscripted entertainment, including interviews with people who create it; reviews and criticism to help you decide what to watch and what to avoid; and analysis of important reality TV news.
It’s edited and written by me, Andy Dehnart, with contributions from people like you: writers, journalists, producers, reality show cast members, and more. I’m a member of the Television Critics Association, and I’ve been writing about reality TV since 1999.
Read about who I am, what I believe, and why I do this.
reality blurred was the first publication dedicated to covering reality TV news (read the story of its birth), and since it debuted on July 5, 2000, it has been babysitting television’s delightful yet frequently embarrassing child.
reality blurred’s journalism and writing has been frequently cited by other media. The site was recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards as having the best long-form blog writing in Florida.
Feedback, comments, corrections, news, tips, and more are not just welcome, they’re an integral part of reality blurred, which needs your contributions. Contact reality blurred.
What reality blurred covers
This site covers reality TV. But what exactly is reality television? Definitions vary widely, among viewers and producers and everyone in between.
While Survivor broke new ground in the summer of 2000, it wasn’t the first reality show. Actually, real people and their unscripted reactions have been part of television since its earliest days. For one example, there was NBC’s Queen for a Day.
Starting with PBS’s early 1970s An American Family and later Fox’s COPS in the 1980s, there have been lots of shows that have advanced the genre. But it was Jon Murray and Mary Ellis Bunim’s The Real World that established the template that most shows have followed since, and they also introduced a competitive format with Road Rules.
On reality blurred, I try to cover it all, though I focus primarily on U.S.-based reality shows. I’m often engrossed and entertained by any dramatic, narrative TV show that follows real people in a real or artificial context, which ranges from fun shows to documentaries that inspire social change.
Reality TV can have a game element, and in some cases, it can even have different casts from week to week. But all reality television focuses on the lives of real people that have been crafted into entertainment. That’s when reality becomes blurred.
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reality blurred is produced, owned, and operated by me, Andy Dehnart. You should know that:
- I write essays, features, journalism, and criticism as a freelancer for various publications, such as Vulture, The Los Angeles Times and NPR.
- I own a few shares of stock in Disney, a gift from my grandmother when I was a Disney-obsessed kid. I never knew that I’d once have a tiny tiny piece of a massive conglomerate that owns everything from the Magic Kingdom to NatGeo.
- I teach, present, and consult for various groups. Find out more.
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Some links on reality blurred are affiliate links, meaning I may receive compensation if you buy something after clicking on it. In my writing, I include links to provide helpful information, and don’t make decisions based on whether or not they are commission-generating links.
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As I hope the writing and reporting on reality blurred demonstrates, none of that affects decisions about what to cover or what to say about these subjects. However, I welcome feedback and criticism designed to keep its coverage accountable.
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