What <i>Survivor</I> and Other Reality Shows Can Learn From <I>Real World/Road Rules Challenge</I>

Yes, I realize how ridiculous that headline sounds. Yes, I am too old to be watching Real World/Road Rules Challenge. Yes, I stopped watching The Real World years ago and only have the vaguest idea who half of the contestants are. Yes, the Challenge has its flaws -- way too many off-challenge physical altercations, too many drunken hook-ups and a really boring host. But still, I think other (aging) reality shows could actually learn a lot from this series.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn January 10, 2014 1:24 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

New year... and a bunch of horrible new reality stars to contend with. Welcome to 2014, everyone.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn December 2, 2011 1:22 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

Pride is one of the seven deadly sins, but inappropriate behavior should really be added to that list.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn October 14, 2011 2:04 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

Lots of inflated egos appearing on reality television of late. (Yeah, yeah, so what else is new.)

The Challenge: Fresh Meat We’d Really Like to See

by Angel Cohn April 8, 2010 5:36 pm
<I>The Challenge:</I> Fresh Meat We’d Really Like to See

We're glad that The Challenge finally dumped the clunky Real World/Road Rules portion of its name, especially considering that Road Rules hasn't even been on the air in years and a large portion of the current crop of competitors came from the previous Fresh Meat season. But we don't think the change goes far enough. Instead of adding nobodies to the mix every few years, MTV should open up the show to stars from its many other hit programs. Here's who we'd pick, for starters:

TV Hearsay: The Week's Best Out of Context Quotes

by Angel Cohn August 3, 2012 2:08 pm
TV Hearsay: The Week's Best Out of Context Quotes

It's almost better when you've got no idea what these people are talking about. Here we present the week's best out of context quotes plucked straight from reality television.

MTV: Who Knew They Were Catering to a Civic-Minded Generation?

by Angel Cohn February 24, 2010 4:18 pm
MTV: Who Knew They Were Catering to a Civic-Minded Generation?

It might not be apparent to the casual viewer, particularly those of us who are members of the supposedly cynical Generation X, but MTV is actually gearing its current programming to the "civic-minded" millennial generation. Yes, really, that's what the president of MTV Networks believes. And though at first we had scoffed at his bold claim (we are, after all, grievously jaded), upon closer inspection (extremely close) and much to our surprise, we did indeed discover that shows like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom really are virtuous and educational after all. Here's why:

TWoP 10: Summer's Guiltiest Pleasures (So Far)

by TWoP Staff June 5, 2009 6:00 am
TWoP 10: Summer's Guiltiest Pleasures (So Far)

For years we've been conditioned to lower our TV expectations during the warmer months, seeking out shows that we would never allow to clutter our overstuffed DVRs at any other time of year. But even though it's only early June, there's already an unusually high amount of truly addictive television - shows that we should be ashamed to watch, but aren't. Here's our top ten favorite guilty viewing pleasures of the summer so far.

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