Tough as Nails spends way too much time insisting its blue-collar contestants are better than other people, but once you get past that, there’s a fascinating competition with solid challenges here.
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Great reality TV shows, outstanding documentary series, must-read stories about reality show stars and productions, and must-listen reality podcasts—everything that reality blurred editor and TV critic Andy Dehnart recommends. (Learn more about Andy.)
This collection of recommended reads and listens includes a discussion tonight between Black Survivor cast members. Plus: the Heroes vs. Villains Ponderosa band that nearly led to a jury mutiny.
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.
Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott, and Ben Stiller are certainly not the world’s best escape room team, but with Jack Black as their game master, they are quite entertaining.
Four reality TV recommendations from the past week, including Survivor: Winners at War’s Ponderosa videos, plus a special episode of Hollywood Game Night and last week’s Celebrity Drag Race.
Between its family visit episode and now its modified version of Restaurant Wars, Top Chef All Stars LA has been on fire.
Tirdy Works, a new reality show on truTV, has non-stop moose turd puns but also a lot of warmth and heart. It’s the shit, and I highly recommend it.
Carla Hall, Vivian Howard, Marcus Samuelsson, Eric Ripert, and other chefs watch—and comment on—episodes of Julia Child’s The French Chef in this new show. Highly recommended.
With its comedian contestants and absurdly silly dances, E!’s The Funny Dance Show is a fun hour.
Making the Cut has sheared away the minutiae of the clothing-designing process, and replaced it with twirling, cinematic shots of New York and Paris. A review of the Amazon Prime Video reality competition.
A few recommendations for happiness-inducing things to watch, from Judi Dench to excellent shows from Starz, which is offering show free to non-subscribers.
Here are nine shows you can watch or stream right now to take your mind off whatever is consuming your attention.
Great chefs—who you may know best from judging Food Network competitions—have been gathered by Guy Fieri for a swift and fun bracketed tournament.
Christian Siriano’s sassy quips, “A Little Bit Alexis,” and the end of a great sitcom are all sparking joy for me this week.
The Crystal Maze offers eight simple but challenging and watchable challenges per episode, connected by Adam Conover’s energy and improv.