Zooming In On Home-Shot Reality TV

Andy Dehnart of reality blurred joins us for a look at DIY pandemic shows, plus a Survivor Canon submission and an SNL Game Time!

Reality-TV vet Andy Dehnart has seen a LOT of unscripted crap in his decades in the field, so we’re glad he brought his expertise to our discussion of this unprecedented time in the genre’s history: the home-shot, socially-distanced versions/spin-offs of some of our old “favorites,” plus some new DIY unscripted stuff tailored to pandemic “set” safety. We talked about the challenges facing reality competitions in the Zoom-show era, then drilled down on a few specific shows like Dr. Pimple Popper: Before The Pop, Ghosted: Love Gone Missing, Design At Your Door, and Amy Schumer Learns To Cook. What works for these shows and what doesn’t? What innovations — or filler-busters — should they keep when quarantine’s over? Later, we went Around The Dial with Challenger: The Final Flight, Get Organized With The Home Edit, 16 And Recovering, and The Great Pottery Throw Down, and Tara shared a Tiny Tessitoriumph. We petitioned a reality-competition court to overthrow legendary injustices in the day’s Extra Credit, and Andy argued to OUR jury that the first-season Survivor finale acquitted itself well enough to join the Canon. Sam Elliott won, the English language lost, and every night is Saturday night at Game Time. Set up that ring light: it’s an all-new Extra Hot Great.