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,…

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…

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