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. 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). Since it debuted on July 5, 2000, its 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.
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.
about reality television
This site covers reality TV, but what exactly is reality television? While Survivor broke new ground in the summer of 2000, the genre had been around for years—from PBS’s early 1970s An American Family to COPS to MTV’s The Real World. And reality-based programming had been around since the dawn of commercial TV; real people and their unscripted reactions have been part of television forever.
In its coverage, which focuses primarily on U.S.-based reality shows, reality blurred considers reality TV to be dramatic, narrative TV shows that follow real people in real or artificial contexts. 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.
reality blurred is produced, owned, and operated by me, Andy Dehnart. I:
- writes essays, features, and other journalism and criticism for various publications, such as The Los Angeles Times and NPR.
- owns a few shares of stock in Disney and thus ABC, a gift when he was a kid.
- teaches, presents, and consults for various groups. Find out more.
Advertisers on this site may coincidentally advertise programs or other content that reality blurred covers, although articles are never written in exchange for advertising or anything else.
Public relations representatives sometimes send unsolicited complimentary review and press materials, including swag, in advance of a show’s broadcast; facilitate interviews; or provide other access, such as to set locations.
As I hope the writing and reporting on reality blurred demonstrates, none of the above 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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