A review of E!’s Citizen Rose, a two-hour documentary about Rose McGowan’s activism, art, and pain.
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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.
If you need a television show to invite you inside from the cold, and wrap you in a warm blanket of food and family, The Big Family Cooking Showdown is here for you, and it’s brought The Great British Baking Show‘s best flavors with it. The cooking competition, which is on Netflix, aired earlier this fall… continue reading
High school classmates reuniting after 20 years to once again put on a production of Into the Woods in their high school auditorium, mentored by Kristen Bell and a team of Broadway talent: Why isn’t this already a full series? It was a special that aired last night on ABC called Encore, and turned out to… continue reading
Guy’s Big Project, which stars Guy Fieri as he tests, mentors, and narrows a group of contestants who want their own food travel show like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, gets closer to being human than any show I’ve seen on Food Network in years.
A review of Stripped, the Bravo reality show on which people give up all their possessions for 21 days, including their clothing.
The title of MTV’s newest series is not Floribama Shore. It is MTV Floribama Shore, that’s how tightly MTV is tying itself and its identity to the series, which follows seven people spending the summer in Panama City Beach. So if this show is MTV, what is MTV now? It’s a woman so intoxicated that she drops her… continue reading
A review of CNBC’s new half-hour reality series The Job Interview, which eavesdrops on real employers conducting real job interviews.
A review of season two of ABC’s The Toy Box, which has a new format, new judges, and less Noah.
A review of VH1’s new reality competition Scared Famous, which has 10 VH1 reality stars competing against each other in a faux haunted house.
When Top Chef Junior was announced, its youngest contestant was about two years old. He is now 11, because nine years have passed since Bravo said, in 2008, that it would spin off a teen version of its culinary competition. The show finally but quietly debuted last Friday, but not on Bravo. Instead, it’s on… continue reading
A review of American High School, a BBC Three documentary reality series that follows students at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in South Carolina.
The 1990s were peak MTV for me, especially early seasons of The Real World and Road Rules, and whether it’s an appreciation of the decade’s culture or an opportunity to escape our own, the ’90s are back. MTV revived TRL yesterday, and a new Road Rules is on its way. So it’s with those joyous memories of 1990s reality… continue reading
Netflix’s Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City and Terrace House: Aloha State are reminders of early reality TV—and of our role in reality TV today.