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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...

A&E to Replace Duck Dynasty With Schmuck Dynasty

David Fagin | Posted 03.01.2014 | Comedy
David Fagin

Recognizing they're throwing away over $80 million in revenue, executives quickly scrambled to find another show to take the Robertson family's place. That show is Schmuck Dynasty.

D*ck Dynasty: Phil Robertson's Unenlightened Views and the Scourge of Reality TV

Brian Normoyle | Posted 02.19.2014 | Media
Brian Normoyle

A&E suspended (note: not fired) Phil Robertson for his controversial comments. Bravo. They have as much of a constitutionally protected right to do so as he had to make them in the first place, despite the inaccurate shrills of the religious right and the cable network that enables them.

Reality TV Workers Have Little to Be Thankful for

Michael Winship | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

Working on shows like "Real Housewives of Atlanta" often means working exhausting schedules without breaks or even overtime pay.

Son of 'Random Notes and Fripperies'

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Tom Alderman

Something you won't see in the Alcoholics Anonymous handbook: while staying at the White House during WWII, legendary British Prime Minister Churchil...

'Shahs Of Sunset' Star On Homophobia In The Middle East

Posted 11.07.2013 | Gay Voices

Gay "Shahs of Sunset" castmate Reza Farahan spoke at length about how Middle Eastern attitudes toward homosexuality prompted him to pursue reality TV ...

Speak Up With Jimmy: Project Runway's Bradon McDonald on Getting Married and Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

2013-10-30-bradonjimmywnsmall.pngBradon was inspired to propose on the show to his longtime boyfriend Josh. Bradon talks about plans for the wedding, changing people's minds about same-sex marriage, and the power of expressing love.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Bradon McDonald Talks Project Runway (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 12.23.2013 | Style
Jimmy Nguyen

I catch up with fashion designer Bradon McDonald, a finalist on Season 12 of Project Runway, about his experience on the reality competition show. Some life lessons learned: be careful what you wish for, and be ready to step up to the pressure of big opportunities.

The 'True Man' Show: Is Reality TV Worth the Risk?

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

I recently wrote about this past summer's 15th season of Big Brother, which aired on CBS and garnered more viewership than prior seasons.

Why I Said No to Reality TV

Searah Deysach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Searah Deysach

If one nice elderly lady does't cross our threshold to buy a bottle of lube because she spots a camera in the shop, well, then clearly, I've lost my way. So this morning, first thing when I woke up, I emailed the producer to say "No thanks."

LOOK: New Reality Series Is Casting 'Beautiful, Dynamic' Trans Women

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices

The casting company behind hit television series such as "RuPaul's Drag Race," "The A-List," and "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys" is seeking transg...

What Has Anne Burrell Done Now?

Joshua Estrin | Posted 10.14.2013 | TV
Joshua Estrin

Jealous I can understand, but this fascination with what Anne is really like baffles me as I for one have always experienced her as nothing less than delicious and also one of the most authentic and transparent celebrities I have ever met.

How Can We Raise Teens of Character?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 10.07.2013 | Parents
Stuart Muszynski

Values, the software for the mind, are the building blocks of culture. Establishing core values and discussing them at regular intervals, starting at an early age and where real examples are reviewed, will facilitate the formation of a positive family culture.

Kris Jenner's Power Rules for Life

Amy Palmer | Posted 07.26.2013 | Celebrity
Amy Palmer

Kris Jenner sat down with Amy Palmer of PowerwomenTV to dish about life, love, family and fame.

A Breakup Letter to MTV's The Challenge

Lindsay Goldstein | Posted 09.24.2013 | TV
Lindsay Goldstein

Since the eighth grade, I've been a self-proclaimed reality television junkie. But no other show has captivated me quite like you, The Challenge (formerly The Real World Road Rules Challenge) on MTV.

The 'Real' Story Behind Wedding Reality Shows -- Video Interview

Ariane Fisher | Posted 09.23.2013 | Weddings
Ariane Fisher

I'm kind of addicted to wedding reality shows. What I want to know is... how much of it is real? Come on, the very first episode of Wedding Island showed a guest literally ruining the ceremony photos.

Looking for Connection: The Journey of the New Musical Nobody Loves You to Off-Broadway

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

"Nobody Loves You" is probably not a phrase you want to hear, especially when kicked off a reality dating show in front of millions of people.