reality TV

The 99%: "Talk like a Cover Girl" and the Classing of Voice on America's Next Top Model

But most of the time, when Tyra is talking about the contestants’ speech, she’s talking about their accents.  And when she’s talking about their accents, she’s talking about class.  Read more »

On Our Radar

Links ahoy! HuffPo reports on Rachel Maddow’s statement that “[g]ay... Read more »

What to Expect When You're Watching Pregnant in Heels

Bravo’s latest reality series, Pregnant in Heels, follows clothing designer and “Pregnancy Concierge” (which basically means just what you think it means: doing stuff for pregnant people) Rosie Pope as... Read more »

The Long Goodbye: OWN-ing a Network

Owning a network doesn't mean you offer up fresh programming. Even if you're Oprah. Also, Dr. Phil can go away now please. Read more »

Tube Tied: America's Next Top Model: I Don't Know Why You Wanna Be On Top

I’ve watched America’s Next Top Model intermittently over the years. I can’t really say why. I was never that interested in fashion magazines, which seemed to me to depict another planet altogether, accessible only to the very rich. I have, furthermore, never much understood... Read more »

Tube Tied: "Teen Mom" and the Problem With Social Realism In Reality Television

MTV's been having a good summer. In part, that's because the second season of its reality series Teen Mom has been generating huge ratings for the network—it is this summer's third-most-watched original cable... Read more »

Tube Tied: Sometimes the Real Housewives are a Little Too Real

I'm not one to guilt anyone for caring for lowbrow culture, not least because for so many years my bookish university friends made fun of me for watching television at all. (I've felt no small degree of satisfaction that The Sopranos, The Wire, and now Mad Men have had them eating their words more... Read more »

"The Persian Version"... Because the World Needs More "Jersey Shore"

You know, when Jersey Shore aired, my first thought was "I wish they would make a spinoff of this show about Iranians, because really, we don't get enough bad press as it is." Lucky for me, MTV read my mind and is creating The Persian Version, which is, um a Persian version of Jersey Shore. From... Read more »

Tuning in to Marlee Matlin's new network--YouTube

Marlee Matlin, best known for her Oscar-winning performance on Children of a Lesser God and her role as Jodi on The L Word, is now behind the camera on a new reality show, My Deaf Family. “Deaf and hard of... Read more »

"Boss Ladies" to Star Fashion-Forward Trans Women

Just when you though you might not want another reality show about making it big in the fashion world, along comes Boss Ladies. Billed as “an exciting hybrid of ‘The Real Housewives’ and ‘... Read more »

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