Articles tagged reality tv

What Happens When the Sappiness of ‘The Bachelor’ Meets the Plotting of ‘Inception’?

Experiencing Chris Harrison's The Perfect Letter is similar to that of the show he hosts, The Bachelor: you love to "hate-read" it.

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11 May 2015 // 10:12 AM

Fox Will End ‘American Idol’ in 2016

The next season of American Idol will be its last.

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Kristen Wiig Becomes a New Oprah in ‘Welcome to Me’

Welcome to Me is hard to watch, but even more difficult to ignore.

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Indecent Exposure and Christopher Beha’s ‘Arts & Entertainments’

This story, although not mindless, is kind of a trashy read; rather like the celebrity culture it critiques.

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Every (Not So) Secret Thing: Post-Trauma Witness Interviews

Why is it that broader culture doesn't give victims of disaster and trauma the choice to say "No?"

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Reality TV’s Enduring Racism (and Other Proclivities)

Sometimes, reality TV lives up to its name and casts "by the numbers". Most of the time, however, it casts according to race and sexual orientation.

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The New Unholy Alliance of Kids and Reality TV

Reality television has come for our children. And there’s not a damned thing we can do about it.

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‘Big Brother’ Afterthoughts: The Season of the Racists?

As the controversial season of the CBS reality show concludes for the season, it's time to reflect on what we've learned about TV... and ourselves.

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Total Divas on E!: Just Switch it Off

Total Divas is WWE's ode to its own misogyny, its glorification of its belief that women are peripheral to real narratives and that women don't deserve the same opportunities as men.

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The (Same Old) Battle Lines of ‘Big Brother’

Amid the racist, homophobic and misogynistic hate speech on this season of Big Brother are some other ugly truths that also just won't go away

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8 Jul 2013 // 7:30 AM

Can We Try a Little Sympathy?

We all have a share in the blame when notorious washed-up reality "stars" turn to support themselves with more, um... adult-oriented career opportunities.

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In Defense of a Disgust for Reality Television

The recent death of a Buckwild cast member serves as a reminder that we have become far too accepting of manufactured truths and sensationalized reality.

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The Reality of Reality TV: Jillian Hopke’s Sweet Victory in the ‘Cupcake Wars’

A Food Network baking competition may have introduced the world to Jillycakes, but Jillian Hopke has a secret recipe for turning her Cupcake Wars victory into even sweeter success.

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Joke’s on Us: Reality TV Always Gets the Last Laugh

The "rich" and "famous" are NOT like us... at least not on TV. Reality 'stars': Whether we love them or loathe them, if we watch them, they win.

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9 Sep 2011 // 6:00 AM

Have a Drink with ‘Bar Rescue’s’ Jon Taffer

Jon Taffer speaks to PopMatters about his strategies, favorite moments from this first season of Bar Rescue, and more. He even tossed in a bartending tip for good measure.

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‘Drag Race’: Games, Competition and the Failure Gambit

What can reality television teach us about self-sabotage in gameplay?

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2 Aug 2011 // 10:00 PM

When Reality TV Is Real… No One Is Watching

"You can’t have drunk bicycle messengers, it would be too dangerous and these were real businesses with reputations on the line." What’s interesting about Triple Rush is not the show itself, but why the show foundered and what this reveals about audience’s expectations from reality TV shows today.

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Why I’m Not Watching Jersey Shore (Anymore)

The predictability of the cast is their Achilles' heel. Ronnie and Sammi’s weekly dysfunctional hour of make-up/break-up is as expected as Snooki’s alcohol soaked antics and the Situation’s Sunday dinner of sausage and peppers.

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TV’s Time Warp: ABC Plans on ‘Star Search’ Remake

ABC considers a new version of the '80s hit

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Project Runway - Season Seven: Episode Four

Call this episode a hooker with a heart of gold. Project Runway oh-so-cleverly spent an entire show shilling for Campbell’s Soup, and managed to

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