Survivor NZ, New Zealand’s edition of the show, should be a model for CBS’ version, especially when it comes to immunity idols, C. Brian Devinney argues.
Tyler Lyons is a fan of both CBS’ version of Big Brother and Big Brother Canada, and in this episode of The Confessional, he argues why Canadians are doing a better job with their version. As an avid superfan of both the American and Canadian versions of the show, I’m always shocked when I hear other… continue reading
In this issue of The Confessional, Clayton Spivey argues that the path to a black Bachelor star may be through Bachelor in Paradise.
Was it appropriate to have the Big Brother 18 houseguests pose nude? Was the photo even real? Charlie Jenkins examines a photo released by CBS.
Tyler Lyons reports from the Big Brother 18 premiere party, and makes the case for why BB houseguests have a different relationship with their fans.
When I asked what your first reality TV show was, many people responded with shows and stories. Here are a few of those memories from reality TV history.
Cary O’Dell on the possibility of death on U.S. reality TV—an essay written before Survivor broadcast its most-recent episode.
In this installment of The Confessional, David Bindley, who authored a guide to every Amazing Race task ever, argues against the season 28 cast of social media stars.
In this edition of The Confessional, Justin Walter reveals what he saw and discovered on Pulau Tiga, the island that hosted the first season of Survivor 15 years ago:
“At 31, there I was again making my dream a reality by visiting Pulau Tiga. Over the past 10 years as I’ve been waiting for my “adventure of a lifetime” of being on Survivor, I failed to realize I haven’t been waiting at all, I’ve been living it—hiking Machu Picchu, finding the “Lost City” in the Colombian jungle, trekking through Patagonia, volunteering in Thailand, meditating at Angkor Wat Temple, discovering ancient Mayan Ruins in Guatemala, exploring glaciers in South America, bungee jumping in New Zealand, island hopping in the Philippines.”
In this edition of The Confessional, Cary O’Dell argues that disposable characters on reality shows makes reality TV more watchable yet more forgettable. Oh, not so long ago, in my misspent TV-watching youth, whenever I was in need of something to watch (because actually turning off the TV was, of course, completely out of the… continue reading
In this edition of The Confessional, the long-time Big Brother feed-watcher behind Hamsterwatch discusses why she does what she does alongside the “great big club of like-minded voyeurs.” The 17th season of Big Brother USA starts tonight, and the live 24/7 feeds that set it apart from all other shows begin tomorrow. For many, watching… continue reading
This is the first essay in a new reality blurred feature: The Confessional. Jonathan Bennett wrapped the Reality TV Awards last night with a wildly energetic “You’re all fucking ugly on the inside, but you are beautiful on the outside.” Well, I sure felt ugly on the inside by the end of viewing the awards… continue reading
Today, I’m proud to introduce a new feature on reality blurred: op-eds. Yes, adopting a feature newspapers have had since 1970 is quite revolutionary. Equally creative is its name: The Confessional. But both are phrases that begged to be used: The name is a reference to the part of a reality TV production where cast… continue reading