Paramount+ quietly added eight classic Nickelodeon shows, including two early reality competitions: Legends of the Hidden Temple and Guts.
A review of E!’s new documentary series For Real: The Story of Reality TV, which is hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen.
Life Below Zero: Port Protection star Gary Muehlberger, who was 75, died when his house in Port Protection, Alaska, burned down last week.
After 20 seasons on MTV’s The Challenge, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio is staying home to film his own weekly talk show, Celebrity Sleepover, which will air on some NBC stations after SNL on Saturday nights.
A year after Survivor shut down its production, and almost nine months after Survivor host and showrunner Jeff Probst said “We don’t have a plan yet” about resuming production, the long-running CBS reality show is officially starting filming on Survivor season 41 in Fiji.
Neal, Galoca, Mason, and McTabish each watched 900 videos, and they chose reality TV, which in this case was video of other monkeys. What this means for humans who like reality TV.
This week’s reality TV premieres include a new edition of Nailed It, but with teams; Andy Cohen’s “Story of Reality TV,” and documentaries about Tina Turner, Pope Francis, and bias in facial recognition software.
Other critics’ takes on reality TV
- Margaret Lyons on “cheesy documentary reenactments”
- Nina Metz on documentary series’ unnecessary bloat
- Helen Rosner on Stanley Tucci and Searching for Italy
- Melanie McFarland on Marriage or Morgage and its “bad decisions”
- Helen Rosner on “the timeless fantasy of Stanley Tucci eating Italian food”
- Caroline Framke on “How Hollywood is complicit in the violence against Asians in America”
- Josef Adalian on Paramount+’s nostalgia strategy
- David Ansen on the “groundbreaking documentary movies” of the past year
- Robert Daniels says “FX’s Hip Hop Uncovered rambles without saying much about the genre”
- Sarah D. Bunting on Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel and its “new take on the genre”
News from around the web
- More than 130 documentary filmmakers wrote a letter PBS’s CEO about its “commitment to diversity” and over-reliance on Ken Burns. Burns said he supports their efforts.
- Jen Shah was arrested while filming Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and charged “with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and conspiracy to commit money laundering”
- Drop the Mic producer Jensen Karp went viral last week for his Cinnamon Toast Crunch tweets—and then came the stories of abuse, including on the show
- The DGA Award-nominated reality TV directors
- World of Dance was cancelled by NBC
- Dr. Tiffany Moon on preparing for The Real Housewives of Dallas—and why it “was so toxic to me”
- Guy Fieri’s comfort-food reality show is MTV’s Ridiculousness. That and other insights in this interview.
- Bling Empire will return for a second season and Selling Sunset has been renewed for two more seasons, Netflix announced
- Rachel Lindsay Deletes Instagram Following Harassment From Bachelor Nation
- BBCAN removed houseguest Ethan before the game started
- Hilary Farr is getting her own HGTV series, in addition to Love It Or List It