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Top Shot, Big Brain Theory both take reality TV competitions to fascinating new places

Two competition series have evolved the very, very standard, formulaic, talent-driven competition format in interesting ways: History’s Top Shot has become 100 percent about talent, while Discovery’s The Big Brain Theory has kept its eliminated contestants around to continue to participate and compete for a wild card spot. Both shows are produced by Pilgrim Studios, …

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Queen of Versailles: this is must-see reality TV

The Queen of Versailles is an exceptional, must-watch film that’s better reality TV than most reality television. We need more documentaries–and more reality television–like this. Bravo’s broadcast of the film tonight and again on Friday makes surprising sense, since the network almost exclusively now traffics in dramatizing and mocking the lives of the rich, making …

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Face Off needs to take off its inflexible mask and free McKenzie

SyFy’s Face Off ends its fourth season tonight, having already been renewed for a fifth season that will air this summer. It remains a strong competition with a lot of talent and some really impressive work. But it has a problem. Like makeup done that doesn’t allow the actor to emote or even more their …

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NYC Prep: PC’s coming-out party and lots of awkward rich teenager moments

Bravo’s streak of docudramas about people we love to loathe continues with NYC Prep, a series that follows several prep school kids that doesn’t have much going on except the exploration of one character’s sexuality. Still, it’s perfectly enjoyable, especially as a summer show. The series is basically a teenage version of The Real Housewives …

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Celebrity Rehab’s finale airs tonight; it’s the best and most tragic show of the year

The two-hour finale of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab officially debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET, when the celebrities go on an Outward Bound experience together before leaving rehab. A mini-marathon precedes that, starting at 6. I’ve found the show to be exceptionally compelling–and the best new reality show of 2008. The problem is that because there’s …

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Project Runway 2 concludes and Top Chef debuts tonight on Bravo

Project Runway 2 concludes tonight at 10 p.m. ET, when either Chloe, Daniel, or Santino will win the competition, perhaps only to turn down the show’s prize just like last season’s winner. As the episode begins, we’ll see how each designer handles the last-minute challenge they were given: to design and construct one more piece …

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