“The odds are that at some point, something will happen.”

“The odds are that at some point, something will happen.”
Will someone die or get seriously hurt on a reality TV show? One network executive said, “But at the end of the day, nothing’s certain about life. Ever.” That seems to suggest that as shows get more extreme and as background checks–especially when performed by CBS and Endemol–fail to turn up vital information, something is bound to happen.
+ plus: “reality shows are highly controlled productions.”

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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, 37, 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.