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In the Political Game Today, Divided We Fall

FSView | Posted 06.03.2012 | College
FSView

Somewhere amongst the blob of partisan political analysis, reality television contests and mass commercialization that makes up our popular culture, is a world of politics that attempts to fit in. The problem is, real political discussion cannot exist in such a setting.

The Shahs of Seacrest

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Shirin Sadeghi

Iranian Americans now know what Italian Americans felt when Jersey Shore hit the scene. Ryan Seacrest has compiled a less-than-impressive sample of one of America's most highly educated and financially successful minorities, to showcase the cosmetically-altered soul of Tehrangeles.

Ask Kathy Griffin A Question!

Posted 03.29.2012 | Women

Actress, comedian and author Kathy Griffin is joining me soon on Mondays with Marlo! Ask her anything you'd like to know about: Her new talk show "K...

Hunger Games: Reality TV Gone Wild?

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.28.2012 | Entertainment
Steve Rosenbaum

The Hunger Games is about reality TV taken to its most terrible end. It is the Roman Colosseum. A massive, deadly distraction that provides an opiate to the masses.

Shahs of Sunset: Episode 3 With a Nugget From Episode 1

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 05.28.2012 | TV
Charlotte Safavi

They are friends. I love this, I really do, because, believe it or not, Iranians of different cultural backgrounds do get along... and despite the current political situation and its bigoted notions, they mostly have over the centuries Iran has been around.

Kristin Chenoweth Gabs About Reality Show Obsession

Posted 05.26.2012 | TV

Kristin Chenoweth and Anderson Cooper found a common ground, and almost forgot about the audience in the excitement on Monday's installment of "Anders...

What Is Reality on Reality TV?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Indeed, all these shows had their forebears in the days of radio. But, for the sake of argument, let's leave our family-tree tracing to the early days of TV. There are really only four models for most reality shows, four shows from which all others spring.

Jon Hamm On Reality TV (WATCH)

Posted 09.04.2013 | MarloThomas

Jon Hamm, star of the hit show "Mad Men", shares what he really thinks about reality TV. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed....

Brooklyn 11223

Michael Hirschorn | Posted 05.23.2012 | TV
Michael Hirschorn

Brooklyn 11223, despite some superficial similarities to Jersey Shore (twentysomething kids, a "bridge and tunnel" setting), is in fact far different. We strove for a level of verisimilitude that has gone missing from much reality TV recently.

Shahs of Sunset: Episode 2 and Counting

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 05.22.2012 | TV
Charlotte Safavi

This week I watched two very different Iranian worlds depicted in the powerful medium of film: one reality meticulously masked as fiction, one semi-fiction frivolously packaged as reality.

Shahs of Sunset: The Real Dish on Episode One

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 05.20.2012 | Entertainment
Charlotte Safavi

I'm sad to say, Shahs of Sunset is good PR, given how misunderstood Iranian culture still is in the States.

Why 'Shahs Of Sunset' Goes Way Too Far

Kia Makarechi | Posted 05.19.2012 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

When family members and others first implored me to write a piece denouncing "Shahs," I resisted. There was little to say, I told them, that hadn't been said by countless other Iranian-Americans at media outlets large and small. The show trades on stereotypes like a cheap trick, sure, but isn't that the case with all reality television?

Why I Miss 'The Hills'

Cara McDonough | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women
Cara McDonough

But criticism aside -- and disagreeing with some, come on, those girls had jobs -- the true draw of "The Hills" was its ability to capture friendship in all its doom and glory.

Gay Iranian Stars In Bravo's 'Shahs Of Sunset'

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 05.10.2012 | Gay Voices

LOS ANGELES — Reality TV's life lessons tend to be at least as synthetic as the shows themselves. Say you were intrigued by Snooki's problem-so...

¡Q'Viva! The Chosen, More than a Talent Competition

Monique Frausto | Posted 05.06.2012 | Latino Voices
Monique Frausto

Say what you want about Marc and Jennifer, but I think they've got something here.

'The Bachelor' Recap: Women Tell All in 140 Characters or Less

Lincee Ray | Posted 05.05.2012 | TV
Lincee Ray

The show has never really delivered any moments of true drama since the day Jason Mesnick told Melissa, "I love you, just kidding."

Why It's Really Not OK That Bristol Palin Has A Reality Show

Kia Makarechi | Posted 05.05.2012 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

It's really not OK that a family that made its name in politics by rallying against the so-called "media" gets to bathe in the lucrative limelight of reality television not once, but three times.

Janet Jackson Says No To 'The X Factor'

Insider.com | Posted 05.01.2012 | TV

From the moment "The X Factor" let go of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, speculation ran rampant as to who will fill their mentor seats in season ...

Life Lessons Learned From (Not) Watching The Bachelor

Katie Hawkes | Posted 05.22.2012 | TV
Katie Hawkes

Even if I haven't devoted a noteworthy portion of my life to the soul-enriching experience of drooling over Ben or Brad or Bob or Byron, I've still learned some important things from The Bachelor. (And no, the list doesn't include "important people's names all start with the letter B.")

Comic Book Men Review

Steven Brown and Carmelo Chimera | Posted 04.13.2012 | TV
Steven Brown and Carmelo Chimera

It took a full 30 seconds for the cast of Kevin Smith's "Comic Book Men" to make their first penis joke. Immediately, we realized the show would do little to dispel any of the stereotypes associated with comic store owners and staff.

Whatever Happened to the Good Ol' Days of Television?

Pat Gallagher | Posted 04.10.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

I'll never forget sitting in front of the TV watching the test pattern in anticipation of the greatest children's program of all time to appear on that sweet small screen, hearing Buffalo Bob Smith say: "Hey, kids, what time is it?"

Change the Story to Change the World

Duane Elgin | Posted 04.02.2012 | Media
Duane Elgin

The next five to ten years represent an unprecedented break in the human journey. We are between stories, or the guiding narratives, that serve as bea...

WATCH: 5 Packing Tips from The Amazing Race Goth Team (VIDEO)

La Carmina | Posted 03.28.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

For two seasons of The Amazing Race Kent Kaliber and Vyxsin Fiala around the world with a single backpack without leaving behind the black eyeliner and glitter polish.

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Premiere Party Streams Live Tonight From West Hollywood

Posted 01.24.2012 | Gay Voices

Post-holiday blues and nasty weather in many parts of the country might have some people cursing the arrival of the first month of the year, but we're...

On The Shahs Of Sunset Reality Show

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 03.25.2012 | Entertainment
Charlotte Safavi

When I saw last week that Ryan Seacrest Productions had an upcoming reality show based on the lives of wealthy LA-based Iranian-Americans called the Shahs of Sunset, I did what any self-respecting, tech-friendly Iranian-American would do.