Looking at the battle between Hannah and Luke on The Bachelorette, Matthew H. Brittingham examines the complicated intersection of faith and sex in American reality television.Read more
Alison Harvey compares the appeal of slow and mundane Terrace House to the idle video game genre. She explores audiences’ move away from media’s demands of hyper-competitivity and self-actualization and suggests mainstream gaming increasingly includes pockets of idleness in its design.Read more
Maggie Steinhauer explores interactive voting methods for reality competition programs and the impact of Twitter #Save features on live television.Read more
Some Locations Matter: HGTV’s Uneven Relationship With Spatial Capital
Myles McNutt / Old Dominion University
Myles McNutt explores HGTV’s relationship with “spatial capital” and observes how the network negotiates this spatial capital in programming that erases location and programming that explicitly frames location.Read more
La Banda: Marketing Confusion, Cultural Hybridity, and Nostalgia in Univision
Manuel G. Aviles-Santiago / Arizona State University
Manuel Aviles-Santiago explores Univision’s latest appeal to “billenial” audiences through its new show, La Banda , about the creation of a new boy band, which encourages pan-Latino viewership and millennial engagement.Read more
An examination of the construction of the American Dream mythology within ABC’s Shark TankRead more
by: Sarita Malik / Brunel University
Now that we can begin to look back at Celebrity Big Brother in less impulsive, more diagnostic ways, the major upshot – aside from a surefire boost to Shilpa Shetty’s international career following her win –
should be the critical attention paid to Channel 4’s role.
by: Kim Akass and Janet McCabe
Sanctifying sexism as long as your target is a racist – this article explores the sexist discourse surrounding media coverage of the recent “race row” on the UK show Celebrity Big Brother and the controversial figure of Jade Goody.
by: Gareth Palmer / University of Salford
In programmes ranging from Extreme Makeover to Ten Years Younger our flexible selves are seen to be empowered by experts striving to bring forth ‘the real you.’
by: Mark Andrejevic / University of Iowa
Andrejevic considers the cultural logic of the recent surge in televised poker tourneys.
by: Laurie Ouellette / Queens College, CUNY
ABC’s programming shifts toward “do-good” reality shows. What can explain ABC’s foray into the helping culture?
by: Megan Mullen / University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Is the families selecting process to participate in reality TV showing American entertainment preferences? Are you and your family eligible?