more focus on Mole players; “sellout” Real World cast; Survivor remix.

more focus on Mole players; “sellout” Real World cast; Survivor remix.
The March 17 TV Guide has a bunch of reality TV stories. First, reporting on The Mole, the magazine quotes ABC’s alternative programming chief, who says the next season will include “more time on the players personally and less on the games.” (Why, dammit, why?) In a fairly typical feature titled “Are they for real,” there are a couple of revelations. Most notably, Dan Renzi, most recently of The Real World/Road Rules Extreme Challenge, says the cast was instructed to “ask for the Nokia,” not just for the cell phone. Why? Because that could lead to well-paying commercials, and Dan readily admits they “are such sellouts.” He also says that during the Challenge, an officer who yelled at them during the Navy episode came back sans cameras and apologized, saying said, “They told us to be really mean to you so it looks good on the show.” And finally, if you’ve been wanting to get down to the Survivor theme song in a dance club, now you can. The Ancient Voices Remixes CD is now out.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.