The Runner had “a host…of problems.”

The Runner had “a host…of problems.”
In its Nov. 2 issue, Entertainment Weekly reports that The Runner had bigger problems than “the current entertainment environment,” which is what network officials cited when they pulled the show. According to the magazine, there were “a host of other problems, including budget overruns.” Plus, the logistics of the game–for example, how the runner would be protected–never became clear. In a related story, EW examines the reality TV ratings downturn, and finds “overstaturation” and “poor scheduling” to be partly to blame. The report also points out that despite its lower-than-expected ratings, The Amazing Race “posts better demographics than the movies CBS aired in its Wednesday time slot last year.”

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.

about the writer

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.