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…

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 –…

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