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Reality TV

The Bible covers a period of about 2,000 years if you start with Abraham. Given that the Bible contains about 788,000 words, on average, that only gives 394 words for each year. But because lots of words are devoted to spectacular events, most of the 2,000 years don’t have anything written about them at all. […] Read More

“Duck Dynasty” is the one – and only – TV reality-show that I watch. There, I’ve said it. I’ve disclosed to the well educated, culturally urbane, theologically moderate and social justice minded readers of my “redneck” roots, comfort with guns and hunting, and simple piety. At the other extreme, I also watch “Downton Abbey,” […] Read More

Earlier this year, Tom and Linda Potter got a better gander at the grass on the other side of the fence. Parents of three girls, the Potters responded to queries and expressed their willingness to participate in a reality TV show. But be careful what you wish for. They were chosen, and their show, “Meet […] Read More

Reality Living

“If you’re like me and you enjoy seeing the pain and suffering of other people, then you’ve come to the right place,” says Shannen Doherty, host of “Scare Tactics.” It’s but one of many emerging new reality television shows that describe as “ambush TV.” The format is fairly simple: target innocent victims; then humiliate, […] Read More

A pastor recently contacted for help understanding the reality TV landscape. “Why are reality shows so hot?” he asked. “What do they say about us as a culture? Are they helpful or detrimental?” Good questions all. Answers aren’t clear-cut. But we can examine the phenomenon of reality TV and better understand this ever-bigger piece […] Read More

When Viacom shareholders gather in Manhattan May 21, they’ll have company: people protesting Viacom division CBS’ planned reality show, “The Real Beverly Hillbillies.” Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, and Dee Davis, president of the Center for Rural Strategies, plan to be there. So does a vanload of concerned citizens from […] Read More

Cable channel FX axed plans for reality show “American Candidate” last Friday, but creator R.J. Cutler said the project—aiming to put a grassroots candidate in the 2004 presidential election—will find a new home. Cutler’s previous projects include “The War Room,” a 1992 documentary about Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, and the Emmy-winning documentary “American High,” which […] Read More