Welcome to the new reality blurred

Welcome to the new reality blurred, the culmination of two years of on-and-off work, and a summer’s worth of non-stop work. The goal was simple: To have a more functional, attractive home for 14 years worth of reality TV news, analysis, criticism, and reporting–and one that can hopefully power another 14+ years of even better coverage. I welcome your feedback […]
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Drag Race, Cosmos win TV critics’ awards

Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race and Fox/NatGeo’s COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey won the Television Critics Association’s nonfiction television awards, which will be presented tonight. Drag Race became the fourth winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming award, following Shark Tank last year. As it turned out, all five nominees were competition series, two of which […]
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Big Brother’s producers on Amber and “stalkerish,” “lovestruck” Caleb

I asked Big Brother’s executive producers, Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, about both the interaction between them, if they had any concerns about Amber’s safety, and how this has been presented on television
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Queen of Versailles is becoming a reality show

The thrilling documentary Queen of Versailles is becoming a reality series, as NBCUniversal has signed Jackie Siegel for a six-episode series that will film a presentation reel over Labor Day weekend, The Orlando Sentinel reports. At the same time, David Siegel, the owner of Westgate resorts, just announced his purchase of the Orlando Predators. It’s […]
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Funny people try to parody Real Housewives on Hotwives of Orlando

Today, Hulu debuts its own parody reality series: The Hotwives of Orlando. A take on The Real Housewives franchise, it stars a group of hilarious people: Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Andrea Savage, plus others, including Joey McIntyre and Stephen Toblowsky. The actual housewives are so ridiculous, so self-unaware, so absurd that […]
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Mike Rowe’s awesome challenge to TV critics, TV industry

Mike Rowe’s new CNN series Somebody’s Gotta Do It may seem a lot like Dirty Jobs, since he travels the country to meet interesting people and participate in their lives, but Rowe told TV critics recently that it’s not as much about actual jobs. But what the series will retain–besides production company Pilgrim Studios–is its […]
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Bachelor in Paradise’s “shocking twist”: it’s Paradise Hotel

The ABC spin-off Bachelor in Paradise today revealed its “shocking twist,” and it’s essentially that it is borrowing the format from Fox’s Paradise Hotel, the ridiculously fun show that aired 11 years ago. Here’s ABC’s announcement: “At the first rose ceremony, the six men are given a rose to hand out to a woman they’d […]
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Why NBC renewed Last Comic Standing and why I’m surprised

NBC brought back Last Comic Standing back for an eighth season after a four-year absence on the network, and Sunday announced that the show has been renewed. The network also renewed America’s Got Talent and American Ninja Warrior. That’s somewhat of a surprise: it doest seem to have much buzz, and its ratings have been […]
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Crumbs bakery saved by The Profit’s Marcus Lemonis

The Profit star Marcus Lemonis is buying Crumbs Bake Shop, the cupcake store that closed its stores Monday night. The store has fans, like the person who bought a “last” cupcake for $255, but it had been suffering financially recently. Late Friday, Marcus Lemonis, and his partner in the venture, Fischer Enterprises, announced along with […]
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Ladies of London: Season Finale

  By Ashley Thompson   On the finale of Ladies of London we finally get to see the beef between Caprice and Caroline play out. But it’s not as American for reality TV as we’re used to. Instead,…1406001600
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