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5 Things Feminists Can Learn From the Kardashians

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.17.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

There is something fascinating, captivating even, about the Kardashian family that has drawn me in. Part of that I believe is the fact that the family is full of strong, independent women. Being such an avid feminist activist, this is obviously appealing.

Chelsea Handler Slams Her Former Talk Show Guests

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.09.2014 | Entertainment

Chelsea Handler just got real about reality stars. The former "Chelsea Lately" star has gone on record saying a big reason she quit her show was so...

Reality Divorce

Margaret Klaw | Posted 09.15.2014 | Divorce
Margaret Klaw

Sooner or later, it had to happen. Nestled cozily in my inbox between an email from a grumpy opposing attorney and a bar association solicitation, there it was: NOW CASTING DIVORCED COUPLES FOR NEW NBC SERIES. Of course, I clicked.

The 2014 Fall TV Schedule (Kind of)

Spencer Green | Posted 09.08.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

CBS - Jackie Gleason: Zero Emmys, Jim Parsons: Four Emmys; There Must Be a Legal Limit to How Many Shows Chuck Lorre Can Produce

Josh Altman Is Back! Tonight on Bravo...

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 10.20.2014 | TV
Shira Hirschman Weiss

While many have waxed philosophical "for the sake of 'sociological research'" about how reality shows are scripted, staged and fraught with retakes, Altman assures me that MDLLA is very real.

Extreme Parenting: More Drama, New Foray By Bravo

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 09.28.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

When I saw a Facebook post about a new Bravo show called Extreme Guide to Parenting, I felt compelled to find out more. You might think that aromatherapy is no substitute for Ritalin, or that there is no way a teeny-tiny infant can communicate her need to go potty, but these parents have their own creeds.

What the TCA Win Means for RuPaul's Drag Race

Justin Hernandez | Posted 09.27.2014 | TV
Justin Hernandez

The TCA win for Outstanding Reality Series solidifies the fact that RuPaul's Drag Race is a key player in the reality TV genre. I believe this will put it in a new stratosphere and help it reach a larger audience, as well as gain more recognition from the television industry.

Fantasy Meets Reality in ABC's The Quest

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 09.27.2014 | Entertainment
Valerie Tejeda

Hailed as The Amazing Race meets Lord of the Rings, the show is essentially a scripted fantasy world for unscripted reality contestants -- 12 to be exact -- who will be known throughout the series as paladins.

WATCH: Billy Bob Thornton's Hilarious Take On 'Cupcake Wars'

OWN | Posted 07.22.2014 | OWN

Award-winning actor, director and screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton says we are living in a time where people root against one another. In the above cli...

Aunt Of 'Breaking Amish' Reality Star Missing

Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Virginia are trying to locate a missing mother of seven, who is related to one of the stars of TLC's hit reality show "Breaking Amish."...

Reality Television + Responsible Fatherhood: Can They Co-Exist?

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Lauren Brown Jarvis

Television and fathers make strange iconic bedfellows. Similar to the way in which many popular reality television shows denigrate and demonize Black women, they have also fueled a grotesque characterization of Black men and fatherhood.

To Watch, or Not to Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey: That Is the Question

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 08.09.2014 | Entertainment
Stacy Slotnick

What do William Shakespeare's written works have in common with The Real Housewives of New Jersey? A lot more than you may initially think.

Are the Real Housewives Turning Into Real Entrepreneurs?

Sandy Abrams | Posted 07.05.2014 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Some of the Housewives' businesses were underway before they became Housewives, but the show's exposure took them into another stratosphere once they became household names.

Reality Economics -- Brought to You Live

Trish DeLuca | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Trish DeLuca

The real shame here, the burning shame that should sting the face of all politicians as they ignore calls for extended unemployment benefits, reduce food stamps for the poor, or ignore the need for massive student loan revision is this: They would have to watch uncomfortably and listen to the reality of life for their constituents.

Campbell's Scoop No. 6: Strength

Naomi Campbell | Posted 06.24.2014 | Style
Naomi Campbell

Modeling requires strength on a number of different levels -- strength to hold your head high and endure rejection; strength to continue to follow your passion in order to build a successful career; strength to ignore critics and naysayers; and strength to keep your body, mind and spirit in tip-top shape.

25 Realities to Consider BEFORE You Sign a Contract to Make a Reality Television Show

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Sandy Malone

There are a few things that would seem obvious about jumping into this business but absolutely are not, and I'm going to take a minute to share them now. Before anybody else gets hurt (literally or figuratively speaking). As a reality television "survivor," I have an obligation to the other rookies out there.

Phil Donahue on Books, TV, Mohamed Ali and Erma Bombeck

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.03.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

In the 70s my mom went from being an immigrant housewife stay-at-home mom to a bra-burning consciousness-raising feminist to a card-carrying same-sex ...

Are the 'Real Housewives' Sexist?

Jim Joseph | Posted 06.02.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Joseph

I've been a fan of The Real Housewives franchise since day one, when it first debuted in Ocean County as a response to the popularity of Desperate Housewives. But it never occurred to me until just recently that there's been an underlying issue brewing: sexism.

Does Fox's New Reality Series 'I Wanna Marry 'Harry'' Go Too Far?

Posted 04.01.2014 | TV

Just when it seems reality series couldn't get any more ridiculous, Fox takes the genre to a whole new level. The network's new reality show "I Wan...

A Bachelor Recap: Just Say "I Love You!"

Aliza Polkes | Posted 05.11.2014 | Entertainment
Aliza Polkes

Never in Chris' 12 years hosting the show, he claimed, had he seen anything like this.

I Was On Reality TV -- Here's What It's Like To Fake 'Real Life'

Bustle | Posted 05.01.2014 | Women
Bustle

This was reality TV, and unlike the actors I was used to interviewing, I wasn't playing a character, I was playing myself. Or so I thought.

The Ensuite Generation: How HGTV Proves We Have Failed Millennials

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 04.15.2014 | Fifty
Abby Rodman, LICSW

There's nothing wrong with wanting more or better or safer or more luxurious. But it scares me to think these young people equate happiness with recessed lighting and a breakfast nook.

The Biggest Loser: Rein in Outrage Over Winner's New Body

Shannon Oliver | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Shannon Oliver

"She" is that bubbly, giving, inspirational woman we got to know on the show. Her body is the inconsistent vessel. She remains. And she is beautiful.

Fox Picks Up 'Utopia,' Social Experiment Reality Series

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 01.24.2014 | TV

This is (hopefully) as close as we'll ever get to William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" becoming a reality. The newest reality show to hit Fox will...

LOOK: The World's Most Surprising Reality TV Stars

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

Reality TV looks less and less like anything resembling reality, so it can be a welcome relief when a show veers off script or a truly surprising char...