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.
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?