Reality Shack was born in 2004, the brainchild of Carrie Grosvenor, as she searched for a place where reality TV fans could gather and discuss their favorite shows. It started with a small dedicated staff of writers, and an even more dedicated readership. This was a place where people could read up on this new TV genre that was overtaking the airwaves. Everything from Survivor to American Idol to Dancing with the Stars.
This pursuit was definitely a labor of love for Carrie. It became a place to read the results, to find out who was the latest to be kicked off of American Idol. It became a place to strategize, to figure out the best way for favorites to get to the end on Survivor. It became a place to be as snarky as possible, to talk about who was the next one to get thrown under the bus and if a backdoor would work on Big Brother.
Laura Tucker started with Reality Shack very early on. When the site was only a few months old, Laura answered an ad for a reality TV recapper, and felt like the mothership was calling her home. It was a chance to combine two of her favorite passions, writing and reality TV. She never looked back.
In fact, when it came time for Carrie to give up Reality Shack in 2009, she looked to Laura to take it over, the one writer who had been with the site since nearly the beginning. Laura had done recaps, commentary, and interviews. In short, she’d done it all, and was going to need to call on all that experience to take over the the site.
Laura kept the site very much the same, but added in her own labor of love, her daily “What’s Hot on TV Tonight” feature. She had started that on another blog, then moved it around looking for the perfect home. It landed on Reality Shack’s doorstep along with her. They’re a package deal. The feature includes quick descriptions of most of the first run programming that’s on TV each night, and not just reality TV, although that does always seem to get a particular highlight.
Reality Shack is still the place to be for reality show results, strategy, and snarkiness. It’s also now the place to be to find out what to watch on TV that night, both in reality and other genres. More than anything else, it’s just the the place to be.