Reality Roundup: Reality Airs the Darndest Things

The best part of unscripted television is…well, the fact that it’s unscripted.  There’s nothing better than soaking in the things that people say when they’re not working off of a script (and are not fully sober).  I can only thank the reality gods for the true gems that they’ve dropped in the past few weeks…

Reality Roundup: Checking in with Orange County

There are many reality shows that I dip in and out of – but The Real Housewives of Orange County will never be one of those.  Twelve seasons in and with an original castmember still in tow, the show is still running strong, continuously holding its weight in one-liner gold.  In case you haven’t been…

Reality Roundup: Save the Thrones

As quickly as it came upon us, this year’s Game of Thrones season has drawn to a close.  Still, echoes of the Thrones permeate many pieces of pop culture – and reality TV is no exception.  In recent weeks, the obvious parallels between real world (as portrayed through the reality lens) and fantasy have never…

Reality Roundup: GTL Forever

It’s been a fist-pumped fueled road to get back to where it all started.  Forget the baby mamas, the TMZ headlines, and the cheating rumors.  Unwatch the spinoff, the multiple Boot Camp appearances, and even a few notable Dancing with the Stars moments.  The Jersey Shore cast, firmly fixed in the cultural zeitgeist for their…

Reality Roundup: Someone Ship Ben Zorn His Dog

A barefooted Chris Harrison brought back Bachelor in Paradise on Monday.  With his shoelessness underscoring the solemnity of his story, Chris’ scattered interstitials throughout the series premiere described this year’s near-fatal filming controversy, culminating in Tuesday’s ocean-backed cast discussion (which, remarkably, rehashed the mandatory ‘consent’ talk of my freshman year almost word-for-word).   But Paradise, steeped…

Reality Roundup: Afterlife

Chad Johnson (of Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise and meat-overload and mean-to-Sarah-Herron “fame”) is on this season’s Celebrity Big Brother UK, prompting mass confusion amongst Brits everywhere.  But his cross-pond foray is far from a unique instance of one reality appearance spurring another.  There’s the traditional transition, where shows like Famously Single (on which Johnson currently appears), Marriage…

Reality Roundup: Sunrise, Sunset

I have never felt joy as pure as the day that my friends and I spent in the collective silence of our table at a small Brooklyn restaurant, looking at neither each other nor our phones, while leaning ever-so-slightly (and oh-so-obviously) to hear every last word of silly yet completely self-important first daters in animated…

Reality Roundup: Take Me Away

It wasn’t until I recently needed to dig out my passport that I noticed it had literally been gathering dust (and yes, part of that is just because I’m messy, but still).  This startling discovery has left me scrambling, from the air-conditioned comforts of my couch, to make up for lost travel time.  This summer,…

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