The 50 Most Surreal Premises in Reality-TV History

Reality TV now walks a fine between being weirdly complicated and utterly basic — yesterday, on Discovery Life, for example, 50 Ways to Kill Your Mother and Outrageous Births: Tales From the Crib debuted! And just last weekend, you’ll recall, it was My Husband’s Not Gaythe show about Mormons keeping their marriages together despite the male component being, er, “not gay.” With spinoffs of spinoffs and ripoffs of ripoffs, no matter how many syllables it takes to describe a new subculture a show’s seeming to invent or the byzantine rules the show’s imposing, as long as reality TV focuses on “real people” but eschews their real problems, which it notoriously does, it remains nauseatingly simple. Because sometimes it’s not even what’s being portrayed, so much as the exploitative way it’s portrayed, that leaves you with the dizzied sense of living in a reality that’s crumbling due to the sheer fact that such shows exist. … Read More

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Bravo’s First Scripted Series, ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,’ Is Surprisingly Great

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce does not belong on Bravo. The poster for it certainly does — it features the main character displaying her wedding ring while flipping off the camera; the tagline reads: “Go Find Yourself.” The show is better than the poster implies, and also better than anything you would expect from Bravo. It’s the network’s first original scripted series, a drama based on the book series by Vicki Iovine, and the first two episodes are surprisingly rich, providing a unique take on the idea of reinvention. … Read More

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Watch: Sting Clarifies Some things About His Tantric Sex Practices on ‘Inside the Actors Studio’

With the stage name Sting, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner was setting himself up for people to sexualize him — so,… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Trailer: Bravo’s ‘The Singles Project’ Is Reality TV in Real Time

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Bravo’s reality slate has long been a leader in the genre. But they’re upping the ante with The Singles Project, premiering Tuesday, August 12, at 10/9 central. The show is shot on a seriously accelerated (especially for reality programming) schedule, meaning that the six men and women looking for love are going from date night to prime time within a day or two. What this means for viewers: your reactions to their dates and recommendations for the singles on social media will have a legitimate impact. As the trailer says, it’s up to you to “help them find the one” in New York City. An interesting experiment to say the least! … Read More

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Yachts, Hip-Hop, and Cement: Your Guide to the Many Reality Shows Premiering Tonight

After last week’s glut of premieres, which ranged from historical fantasy dramas to medical thrillers to comedy hybrids, television seems to be taking a break from high-minded shows to focus on some silly reality fodder. Tonight, AMC, Bravo, A&E, GSN, and Oxygen will all air season and series premieres of unscripted shows. Some are OK enough to be worth a viewing, and some should be avoided at all costs. Here’s a guide to all of tonight’s reality premieres. … Read More

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‘Top Chef Duels’ Guest Judges Include Shailene Woodley and Andy Samberg

Bravo’s latest installment in the Top Chef franchise, Top Chef Duels, will premiere Wednesday, August 6 at 10 PM. Hosted by Curtis… Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘It’s Always Sunny’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Both Renewed Forever

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, FX and Bravo announce upcoming slates, an Office alum stops by New Girl, and Game of Thrones continues forever. … Read More

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‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ Was a Better Show Than You Remember

It’s easy to underestimate how much things can change in a decade. In July of 2003, a little more than halfway through George W. Bush’s first term in the White House, Bravo debuted a show called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Its premise was simple: each week, a troupe of gay men known as the Fab 5 would come to the rescue of a hapless hetero dude who could benefit from their (respective) expertise in fashion, personal grooming, home decor, food, and (most nebulously) culture. I watched it, almost every week, in the living room of the house where I lived in college, surrounded by housemates and friends, gay and straight and somewhere in between — none of whom happened to be the Cosmo-swilling self-proclaimed shopaholics we might in retrospect think of as the show’s primary audience. … Read More

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‘Heathers’ TV Series Coming to Bravo

On the list of announcements that have the power to make our day, anything Heathers-related ranks right at the top. So imagine how thrilled we are to discover that Bravo — which is just dipping its toes into scripted programming — is rebooting the 1988 teen-movie classic. The Hollywood Reporter breaks the news… Read More

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