Brief reviews of the ABC’s revival of The Gong Show and ABC’s new singing competition Boy Band, only one of which deserves a gong.
A review of MTV’s new Fear Factor, a revival of the NBC competition. The new version gives younger people a chance to face their fears in familiar ways.
A review of PBS’ Victorian Slum House, aka BBC’s The Victorian Slum, a living history show that has its participants experience extreme poverty.
A reconsidered review of Iron Chef Gauntlet, on which Top Chef Stephanie Izard may become Iron Chef Stephanie Izard this Sunday.
Marcus Samuelsson and Darius Rucker are going undercover on Undercover Boss, but not as bosses; instead, they’ll search for talent, or something.
A review of ABC and Mattel’s new reality competition series The Toy Box, on which toymakers pitch their toys to kid judges, who ruin everything.
A review of NBC’s wonderful new Friday night series First Dates, which is narrated by Drew Barrymore and is full of charm and delight.
When Food Network announced Iron Chef Gauntlet, it said that “the elite culinary skill, strategy and stamina of Iron Chef America returns,” and called the show “a fresh reboot of the fan-favorite franchise hosted by the incomparable Alton Brown.” I’m all for a reboot, but based on the premiere, which you can watch below, it’s essentially the same show… continue reading
Brief reviews and thoughts about MTV’s Stranded with a Million Dollars and Fox’s Kicking and Screaming, both of which have entertained in surprising ways.
A review of the controversial, questionable podcast Missing Richard Simmons, on which Dan Taberski explores Simmons’ disappearance from public life.
This month, more than 35 podcast producers are sharing recommendations for podcasts as part of the “trypod” (try podcasts) campaign, while podcast listeners are using that hashtag to recommend their favorite audio shows.
It’s an excellent opportunity for me to introduce an expansion of my coverage into the world of unscripted entertainment. I’ve been thinking about covering podcasts for a while. Okay, you might be thinking, Isn’t there enough reality TV to be covering? Aren’t there shows you could cover instead of podcasts?
A season-end review of CBS’ Hunted, a sometimes-thrilling, slickly produced show on which the rules aren’t clear and the hunters have an absurd advantage.
A review of Spike’s documentary series Time: The Kalief Browder Story, which tells the story of an innocent 16-year-old who was imprisoned for three years.
Netflix’s first reality competition series, Ultimate Beastmaster, arrived today. While it owes a lot to NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, it turns out that the genius part of the show’s business strategy turns out to be its best creative move, too. The draw here is not Sylvester Stallone, who appears in the trailer and the introduction, monotoning his way through some scripted lines before evaporating, but rather… continue reading
Tim Gunn agrees: Project Runway Junior is the best Project Runway. And its second season—which began its conclusion last night on Lifetime—hasn’t changed that at all. This is a talent competition that is everything a talent competition should be: challenging, joyful, emotional, and all together wonderful, a celebration of art and struggle. From Tim Gunn to the edit, the contestants are treated… continue reading