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: 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: 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…

Reality Roundup: Best of Breakups

There’s nothing like an old fashioned Bachelor breakup to remind us that we’re that much closer to (a) The Bachelorette premiere and (b) the remaining series of breakups that will be bombarding our televisions in the coming months.  After all, if Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay is going to find next year’s TMZ headline her future husband…

Reality Roundup: Relationships, Ranked

It’s the month of the Bachelorette premiere, and across the reality sphere, romance is heating up.  While some pairings are shaping up to be tomorrow’s tabloid fodder, others are the real deal.  Below are this week’s standout unscripted couplings – ranked in order of where these trainwrecks relationships seem to be heading. Ramona and ?,…

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Reality Roundup: Lessons Learned

  Most things I know, I’ve learned from watching reality TV.  Well… some things.  The important things.  At a time when many have come to question the value of reality television, it’s critical to acknowledge the contributions that the genre has made to the pool of human knowledge (murky as that pool may be).  In…

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