Face Off: Game Face improves on the regular Face Off in many ways, giving returning all-star contestants a chance to show their skills in new challenges.
A review of American Grit season two, the Fox competition hosted by John Cena, who couldn’t save the show from its changes.
Reviews of MTV2’s Shinesty, which follows employees at a clothing company, and Startup season 4, which follows Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel.
Andy Dehnart’s review of VH1’s Signed, the music competition that gives hip-hop and R&B artists
Two new unscripted series have entered Shark Tank‘s waters: The Pitch, a podcast from Gimlet Media that almost directly replicates Shark Tank’s format but covers more ground, and Worth a Shot, a new series from Fullscreen that asks drunk people to come up with ideas and then pitch them. Below, reviews of both shows, which each give people… continue reading
Reviews of TLC’s Spouse House, where singles have to get married or are evicted, and Bravo’s A Night With My Ex, on which former partners reconnect.
Reviews of the Netflix documentary series The Keepers and the Serial podcast S-Town, both of which are extraordinary works of narrative nonfiction.
A review of Planet of the Apps, the first show on Apple Music, the subscription service from Apple. It’s no Shark Tank, but it’s also not terrible.
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.