Real World, Road Rules will use old footage instead of new casts.

Real World, Road Rules will use old footage instead of new casts.
Why is the next season of The Real World being set in New York? Because, as the formerly subversive, now reality TV-focused site revealed three weeks ago (I missed the story then; oops!), there won’t be a new cast. Instead, Bunim-Murray will just edit all the excess footage from past seasons together, starting with New York. “We’ve been doing this for 10 years, and by now, we’re out of ideas, short of arming the cast and filming the ensuing bloodbath. Another group of self-absorbed twenty-somethings who are hyperconscious of their hyper-self-consciousness to the nth degree is just too much for me,” said co-creator Jon Murray. He added, “Did you see that movie Forrest Gump? Just wait until you see what we can create! Everyone wants to see a fight between LA’s Jon and New York’s Kevin get stopped by a bitch-slap from Seattle’s Stephen after Hawaii’s Ruthie vomits pure alcohol all over the loft and New Orleans’ David’s muscles explode, splattering Hawaii Matt’s lime-green terry cloth shirt.” A downturn in the reality TV market is cited as the reason for the shift. “We just can’t get people to click on our shows anymore,” Mary-Ellis Bunim said. Road Rules is expected to do the same.

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.