Reality TV: what to watch this week, from Under Deck to The Challenge


Editor’s note: Welcome to our new section, Reality AF. Every Monday, Terry Terrones will check in and talk about the state of reality TV, as well as providing a list of the top 5 events not to miss this week.


Thanks to Netflix, The single person the franchise is dead.

No, ABC hasn’t canceled its long-running controversial reality series about dating and relationships. But The single person became the old man of the club: uncool, trying to appeal to younger audiences who aren’t interested, and just enough out of step with the times that you feel a bit uneasy in his presence .

Don’t get me wrong, I loved The single person. When it debuted in 2002, I was instantly hooked. Its bizarre premise, cheesy high level, ridiculously metaphorical dates, and doll-like human host Ken have all made audiences appreciate it for its sugary take on love, but also for its ability to poke fun at it. having fun.

When The single person finally embraced what audiences loved about it, the show practically became a parody. From there, the series exploded, resulting in multiple spinoffs and being part of the pop culture zeitgeist for two decades. Even if you’ve never watched an episode, chances are you’ve been invited to a viewing party, understood what it means to “capture feelings” and heard “do you accept this rose ?” a dozen times, probably out of context.

If you’re a Bach fan, you’ve also wondered why Chris Harrison had to tell everyone there was one rose left at the rose ceremony. We can all see the rose table, Chris!

Don’t make a mistake, The single person, in the same way the real world, Survivor, and Fantastic race, is one of the godfathers of reality TV. That said, it is also offline. This is partly due to the fact that the series is embroiled in endless controversy, and several contestants only come on the show to build their social media following. Many are just not there for (I’m so sorry…) the right reasons, which dilutes the quality of the series.

With all of this in mind, an even bigger problem for The single person is Netflix, which has put its own twist on the dating show format and scored with several series that are bingeable, risque, unique and still have all the ironic playfulness The single person was built but with few weaknesses. Simply put, Netflix dating shows are fun, fast, sexy, and silly.

This is best exemplified by two shows hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, with the pair supplanting Chris Harrison as the go-to hosts of reality TV shows due to their openness to issues in their own relationship. They give their series a gravitas that Harrison lacked, while keeping the vibe light.

In Love is blind, competitors cannot see each other, they can only talk and get to know each other inside individual pod-like rooms. They then have to decide if they want to get engaged, then they will meet in person and see if the love grows.

The ultimatum is even more ridiculous. Six couples who have been together for a while, but are neither engaged nor married, enter into a trial marriage and switch partners with the other couples. Once the trial is over, they must decide whether to stay with their new partner, return to their old partner, or go on their own.

These are just two of the Netflix dating series that offer the diversity, creativity and fun that The single person franchise has been gone for years. Sorry Bachelor Nation, but your run is about to end. Your rose is faded.


5 reality shows to watch this week

1. Sailboat under the bridge (Bravo, May 9)

Why you should watch it: After a week-long hiatus, one of reality TV’s most criminally underrated franchises returns to begin the second half of its third season. And yes, I totally send Daisy and Gary, they would make a great couple.

2. Married at first sight (Lifetime, May 11)

Why you should watch it: The four Boston couples decide whether to stay married or divorce when Decision Day arrives. My money is on just one successful couple because the relationship “experts” are poor matchmakers, with the exception of Pastor Cal.

3. The quest (Disney+, premieres May 11)

Why you should watch it: This series of contests plunges eight real-life teenagers (paladins) into the fictional world of Evererealm, where they must save a kingdom by fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Throughout the eight-episode series, the heroes are thrust into a fantasy world that comes to life, complete with a castle, members of the royal family, mythical creatures, and a witch bent on destroying and seizing power.

The show comes from the teams behind The Lord of the Rings, Fantastic race, and Weird eye. At least that’s what the press release says. While I don’t think Peter Jackson, Phil Keoghan, or Jonathan Van Ness are involved in any way, it certainly makes me curious.

4. The Challenge: All Stars 3 (Paramount+, premieres May 11)

Why you should watch it: Get ready to see 24 of your favorite players from The challenge compete for a prize of $500.00. To enter this season, all competitors had to have at least qualified or won a Challenge final, so the competition is expected to be fierce.

5. Grand Chief: Houston (Bravo, May 12)

Why you should watch it: In the preview for this week’s episode, I noticed that Sheldon Simeon (Top Chef: Seattleer) will be making an appearance, and he’s just plain awesome.

Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association, licensed drone pilot and aspiring hand model.
When he’s not applying Survivor, you can find it hiking in the mountains of Colorado. You can follow him on Twitter @terryterrones.

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