The reboot of Queer Eye was a revelation, the best new reality series of the year. The reboot of Trading Spaces was surprisingly lifeless.
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Tonight, Ramsay is back with 24 Hours To Hell and Back, a new Fox series that is simply his old Fox series, Kitchen Nightmares with an even dumber conceit. How different is it from Ramsay’s original UK series Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares?
The new documentary about Fred Rogers, star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, is in theatres today. It’s extraordinary. See it.
The look inside The New York Times is often compelling reality television. But there’s also something missing.
A review of ABC’s American Idol, which continually revealed itself to be more than I expected—and became worth watching again.
A review of Netflix’s new documentary reality series about the mysterious case of a pizza delivery man who robbed a bank and then was killed by a collar bomb.
My new reality TV competition obsession from the UK has amateur designers redecorating rooms in buildings already blanketed with history.
In an attempt to get big ratings, MTV has reunited most of the cast of Jersey Shore, who get drunk and party. Okay.
Nicole Byer hosts Netflix’s wonderful baking competition, which dispenses with the usual reality TV chicanery and phony, hyperbolic stakes, and just has fun.
The new A&E reality series should be called Marcia Clark Recaps A Famous Case. A review of its premiere.
A review of—and behind-the-scenes details about—National Geographic Channel’s trippy new Darren Aronofsky-produced, Will Smith-hosted series.
ABC’s American Idol has a strong, protective, and playful judging panel, but has not lost its mean streak.
A review of E!’s Citizen Rose, a two-hour documentary about Rose McGowan’s activism, art, and pain.
A review of Relative Success with Tabatha, Tabatha Coffey’s new Bravo show on which she helps struggling businesses, but it isn’t quite like her previous series—starting with the fact that she hugs someone.
Undercover High, which sends adults into high schools to find out what’s going on, has all the right pieces: an important social issue, public education, that needs more public discussion and attention, and a prime-time series is a great place to start; a polished production, with efficient storytelling and smooth editing; and charismatic young stars, both the 20-somethings who are pretending to be high school students and some of the actual high school students themselves.