Reality Roundup: Alternate Realities

The great irony of Reality Television is that the ‘reality’ part isn’t a singular concept.  When the lenses come into focus, you never really know whose version of events you’re going to get – and that’s why I can’t help but to come back for more.  This week, three shows in particular highlighted the many…

Reality Roundup: Really Tiny

There is no greater honor for a pop culture phenomenon than for Lifetime to make a movie about it.  It should therefore come as no great surprise that last month’s premiere of Lifetime’s Tiny House of Terror (and yes, it is everything that the name implies) sealed the newly mainstream status of its titular subject. …

Reality Roundup: Oh Give Me a ‘Sweet Home’

If you missed the first part of the Sweet Home Oklahoma season: (1) I hope you have managed to find some other way of filling the empty, wind-swept void left by a lack of weekly reality comedy, and (2) even if you haven’t, there’s hope.  With new episodes returning on July 10th, there’s still time…

Reality Roundup: Let’s Hear it for the Boy (Bands)

Boy bands are back (to the debatable extent that they had ever really left us) – and have cropped up in two very different corners of the television sphere.  ABC’s Boy Band is dead set on jamming a new flock of floppy-haired, shriek-inducing teens into a meticulously predefined mold, with mentions of the “funny one”…

Reality Roundup: Show Up and Showdown

It’s a time-honored rule of reality that nobody’s there to make friends. And thank goodness for that.  While conflict may not bring out the best in most people, it certainly shapes some of the most engrossing story lines on reality shows.  From no-holds-barred brawls to smaller spats, heads are butting across the reality sphere –…

Reality Roundup: Who Won the Berkshires?

What a difference a year makes. Ramona’s face has a new shape, Jill has cameo-d her way back from a place where nobody knows her name, and Sonja’s gas gets more screen time than most rookie Housewives could reasonably hope for.  Still, there are some things never change.  With a certainty usually reserved for death…

Reality Roundup: The Abbey, Absolved

I’m a creature of habit.  I like my coffee black, my dogs floppy-eared….and my restaurant reality to be Vanderpump Rules. But habits can change, and for this, I’m forever grateful. What Happens at the Abbey – a reality show that, like my beloved Vanderpump, focuses on the young (or, in Vanderpump’s case, “young”) staff of…

Reality Roundup: Reality Fails

Television doesn’t always turn out the way you’d expect. But when things go wrong on reality tv, it’s usually a sign that things are about to get really, REALLY good.  Below is a look at this week’s reality fails – and an examination of the things that made them great.   Logic What Happens at…

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