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Category Archives: TV

Who Matters? Watching Westworld with Philip K. Dick and Jean-Luc Picard

This article originally appeared at Splice Today. HBO’s new series Westworld begins with a clever narrative twist. We’re shown a handsome man named Teddy (James Marsden) on a train as he approaches a wild west theme park populated by androids. We follow him after his arrival, and he is cautious of his harum-scarum surroundings as he navigates the coincidences and […]

Get In Touch With Reality: Winter 2015-Spring 2016 Reality TV Report

The Bachelorette (Season 12, ABC) ABC’s reactionary response to Kaitlyn Bristowe was an early failure. Conservative niceguy Ben Higgins turned in the most boring season in recent memory. Fearing a loose canon, producers found themselves with a block of wood. Tweet

Reality TV Report – Bachelor, Vanderpump, Housewives (Winter 2015-16)

It’s time to face reality. The Bachelor (ABC)   This season of the most talked-about reality show on TV is off to a slow start. Following Kaitlyn Bristowe’s mostly unfortunate (albeit entertaining) season of anarchy and overblown slut-shaming, and not to mention the hellish emotional brutality of Bachelor in Paradise, ABC’s producers seem to have […]

Bachelor Bio Breakdown – Syvology Edition

Fam. Squad. HEY YOU GUUUYS! ( off to a topical start) It’s BACHELOR season! I realize I’m a week late, but we have a whole new cast of eligible and (generally) attractive “24 year-olds”*  whose two biggest fears in life are dying-alone and not getting enough nationally-televised attention, and we need to discuss. You and Me. […]

Reality TV Report – Ladies of London, Dash Dolls and More (Fall 2015)

  The world has changed since I last reported. A fantastic season of Real Housewives of New York City is in the rearview. Real Housewives of Orange County is speeding towards conclusion with an ethically questionable (and superb) storyline concerning Brooks’s supposedly fake cancer. Meanwhile, Bachelor in Paradise closed a continuously breathtaking season with the […]

Are We Entering a Creepy New Age of Meta-television?

The new David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour gives us a peek into the writer’s real-life relationship with television. Jason Segal’s performance depicts a man agonized by guilt over his own enjoyment. The film’s focus on shame sits well enough with Wallace’s legendary, notoriously difficult novel Infinite Jest, that large book that […]

Reality TV Report – Paradise, Housewives, Cait and Divas

While everyone is busy complaining about how True Detective isn’t that good anymore or how Mr. Robot is so criminally underrated, I’ve been busy with other, more humble pursuits: namely, plunging into the dark, sublime world of reality television. In case you’re looking to join me, here’s a rundown of five of the most essential […]

Interpersonal Class Struggle in Bravo’s Southern Charm

“All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy.” –Karl Marx A few years ago, a New York Times column by Alessandra Stanley commented on the relationship between class consciousness and reality television. Stanley observed that the role of class was the major distinguishing factor between scripted shows and reality […]

Bachelorette Prenup: Britt or Kaitlyn?

When Chris Harrison unveiled his devious, coldhearted plot to pit fan-favorite heir apparent Kaitlyn against the silken-haired, unshowered villainess Britt, there were no illusions about the process. With a cruel smirk, Harrison explained: “For the first time in Bachelorette history, we’re gonna have two bachelorettes. The 25 men on Night 1 are going to have the ultimate […]

Underwriting the Contemporary with Vanderpump Rules and Bret Easton Ellis

“My staff look amazing. I mean they really are gorgeous. Sometimes I wish they   were a little more beautiful on the inside, but they look great.” -Lisa Vanderpump   To say that reality television showcases “shitty people” for us to gawk at is, generally speaking, a misguided cliché. It presumes that normal people are […]