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Hellevator is a hell of a lot of haunted house fun

When GSN released a trailer for its promising reality competition Hellevator, my response was basically: “Hell no.” As much potential as horror-themed reality TV still has, I have no interest in torture porn, and the desperate cries of a contestant did not sound like entertainment. Yet if the first episode, which debuts tonight at 8 p.m., …

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Review: Steampunk’d and the high bar other talent competitions set

Combining a creative, focused aesthetic with interior design seemed like an inspired idea for a reality competition. But GSN’s Steampunk’d has turned out to be a disappointment, mostly because the quality of the work is so low. Project Runway and other shows have set a high bar for what can be accomplished in a little …

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This disturbing promo for reality game show Hellevator is not okay

When GSN announced its new reality game show Hellevator earlier this summer, I was genuinely looking forward to it. It’s been too long since we’ve had a reality format that incorporated horror—remember MTV’s Fear?—and making reality TV challenges scary is intriguing. So did the format for this show, on which only one team member tries …

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Skin Wars is paint-by-numbers reality TV, but it is also terrific

A few years ago, cable networks couldn’t produce new talent competitions fast enough. Led by Bravo’s success with Project Runway and later Top Chef, competitions rained down from Hollywood. Although several remain on the air, their reign seems to be over now. Top Chef, which used to be on year-round with its spin-offs, now only …

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