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Dear newsletter friends,

Happy Friday, and a warm welcome to all new subscribers. About 70 people have joined us over the past few weeks, and it’s great to grow our community of people who love reality TV in all its many forms. Welcome!

This week, I reviewed TBS’s The Cube, hosted by Dwayne Wade, another game show imported from the UK.

I didn’t like it as much as I liked this new NBC show. What did you think of either or both?

I also answered three questions:

And I gasped out loud at this news:

Other reality TV news

⭐️ I recommend

  • This show, which was edited into a feature documentary that was just added to Discovery+

  • This essay about how The Real Housewives “Bravo’s decision to insert a lone woman of color into the all-white casts of its flagship reality franchise has led to some terribly ugly television.” This past week’s episode of RHONY, which is the one Housewives I watch, was full of some disgraceful behavior.

  • This piece about Jessica B. Harris, whose book High on the Hog is the basis of the Netflix show of the same name, which I just started watching and definitely also recommend

  • This interview with Meerkat Manor’s creator about the revival of the show

That’s everything for this week! For next week, I’m working on behind-the-scenes interviews about two shows, Holey Moley and American Ninja Warrior, plus a review of HBO Max’s Full Bloom.

Look for those stories and more on reality blurred, and enjoy whatever reality TV you watch this weekend!

best,
Andy


🌄 This is Reality in Focus issue 247, first sent June 11, 2021, and it does not have brute strength.

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