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Famously Single Cast Stops by AOL BUILD Studio

Carey Beth Elder | Posted 06.13.2016 | Entertainment
Carey Beth Elder

Dating is hard, but dating as a celebrity is even harder. Famously Single, a new show from E!, premieres tomorrow night and eight celebrities who are ...

Reality TV & The Reality of Trump

Damian Kolodiy | Posted 06.06.2016 | Media
Damian Kolodiy

If you step back and look at the larger media landscape of the television industry, you can observe that Trumps' rise was not so "unprecedented" after all.

'UnREAL' Season 2 Returns To Give Perspective On 'The Bachelorette'

Carey Beth Elder | Posted 06.02.2016 | Entertainment
Carey Beth Elder

What goes on behind the scenes on a reality show like The Bachelor? Lifetime's drama series UnREAL takes a few guesses as it follows the production te...

'Survivor' Narrows to Four - Who Will Win?

Carey Beth Elder | Posted 05.17.2016 | Entertainment
Carey Beth Elder

The most brutal season of Survivor is coming to an end. With a record three castaways being pulled because of medical reasons, Survivor Kaoh Rong will...

All 87 Real Housewives, Ranked

Thrillist | Posted 05.03.2016 | Entertainment

By: Brian Moylan Credit: Flickr/Boss Tweed Just last month, Bravo's Real Housewives franchise celebrated a decade of captivating audiences wit...

From a Former Muslim Trump Fan

Anhar Karim | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Anhar Karim

I'm not going to claim that the distorted nightmare that we call reality television is factual. Nonetheless, it is true that the Trump of this presidential election is markedly different from the Trump of The Apprentice.

Quit Your Job Now, Because These 8 Tips Will Help You Land a Reality TV Gig

Jonathan Long | Posted 04.08.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Long

I'm just kidding -- you don't want to quit your job to chase reality TV fame and fortune. The truth is, very few people who apply actually make it o...

The Allure of Adventure and Travel TV, and How You Can Take Part

ScreenCraft | Posted 03.03.2016 | Travel

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

Survivor Week 3 Predictions and Week 2 Reactions

Carey Beth Elder | Posted 02.29.2016 | Entertainment
Carey Beth Elder

Hello! Or as the Cambodians would say "Susaday!" It's the second week for viewers and days 3-6 of the most brutal Survivor season ever in Kaoh Rong, Cambodia.

A Winter's Tale

David S. Simon | Posted 01.25.2016 | New York
David S. Simon

When you are in the belly of the snow blizzard beast all you can think of is how much you hate snow and would actually almost move to Florida -- and t...

Can Reality Be Spoiled?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.14.2016 | Arts

Last Monday, the 20th season of "The Bachelor" premiered on ABC, and I'm looking forward to live-tweeting every moment, as I have during past seasons....

Why We Should Be Thanking Caitlyn Jenner

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

Whether or not you endorse the statements and behaviors of Ms. Jenner, it must be noted that her celebrity has focused attention on a matter too long ignored.

Why Does 'Survivor' Continue To, Well, Survive?

Aimee Chan | Posted 11.19.2015 | Entertainment
Aimee Chan

Yes, after 31 seasons I am more obsessed than ever with the granddaddy of reality television shows. Long after giants like Idol have fallen, Jeff Probst is still out on a deserted beach somewhere, standing around painstakingly rustic looking props, filming a group of people competing to win a million dollars.

5 Reasons Why The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Are So Popular

Quora | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment

I haven't been watching the series from when it first started, but in the past few years I haven't missed a season. Here are a few reasons why The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series do so well with audiences.

Friday Talking Points -- North, To Alaska!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama had some fun this week, and by doing so actually forced the media to tackle a serious subject on his agenda.

Why I Lost 70 Pounds to Become a Beauty Queen Grandma

Janice Celeste | Posted 08.13.2015 | Fifty
Janice Celeste

Over the years, I lost myself in being a mom and a wife, and I just couldn't seem to lose weight. Being overweight and finding myself on daily blood pressure medication wasn't enough to get off my butt to get serious about weight loss. Pageantry became my carrot on a stick.

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we're right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in -- the silly subject we're all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump.

The Real Mama Drama

Mia Redrick | Posted 07.27.2015 | Parents
Mia Redrick

Motherhood is hard and rewarding. That is the truth. Enjoying the journey has everything to do with how you manage the obstacles that are in front of you and the systems that you put in place to support your life.

What Reality TV Fans REALLY Want to Know About How Shows Are Made

Sandy Malone | Posted 07.15.2016 | Entertainment
Sandy Malone

Reality television fans all have assumptions about how much is real or fake in the shows they are watching. Sometimes there are giveaways and other times you just know that so-and-so didn't have that brilliant idea on his own because, let's face it, the guy is not that bright.

So What You Sold Dope and Pimped Ho's? I Never Had the Privilege!

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
David Alexander Bullock

Turning your life around after dope selling, pimping and being institutionalized may make someone an expert on personal piety and individual transformation. However, if we are going to end poverty, fix failing schools, lower incidents of urban violence and police brutality we are going to need more than experts in personal piety.

My Own Season of "The Bachelorette"

Rachel Weight | Posted 06.15.2016 | Women
Rachel Weight

I give up at some point every season, but this year, I more give up. The Bach has been on for 20-something seasons, and we're just shamelessly recycling plot lines. How many times have we encountered fears of heights? Or made out in waterfalls, which is actually a good way to drown and never as sexy as it looks on tv?

Get Rich Quick and Bootstrap Stories Are American Fairy Tales

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

Once upon a time a truly great country existed -- this nation was by far the greatest land in the whole wide world -- its laws promised liberty, freedom and justice for all.

Nostalgia Nouveau: Tech on Top of Tech

Kimann Schultz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Technology
Kimann Schultz

Technology transports us, literally and figuratively. As time moves forward, tech morphs and takes us with it -- handing us time and again mixed bags of everyday altering accouterments and circumstance.

10 Commonly-Asked Questions by 'Talent' Considering a Reality TV Show

Sandy Malone | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment
Sandy Malone

There is no guide to starring on reality TV, and that's not by accident. Production companies and networks are perfectly comfortable with the idea that new reality talent have absolutely no idea what they're doing. Seriously. It makes their jobs easier.

What Being a Reality Show Loser Taught Me About Winning at Life

Francesca Hogi | Posted 03.10.2015 | Entertainment
Francesca Hogi

It's hard to say which subjects one to more derision -- being a contestant on a reality TV show, or failing miserably as a contestant on a reality TV show. As far as losing on national television in front of millions of people goes, I have special expertise.