reality TV “will be much harder to kill than some critics have predicted.”

reality TV “will be much harder to kill than some critics have predicted.”
The New York Times reports what the rest of us knew and critics pretended not to: that reality TV “is managing to survive” and that “network programmers…show no signs of abandoning the reality genre.” Endemol’s founder John de Mol says that the shows that failed were “mostly the bad ones, the copycats.” The Times reports on some of the 10 new shows that will hit the air soon–like UPN’s Under One Roof, “in which teams of families will engage in competition on an island near Fiji and try to win the house they are all living in. Also, the paper reports that The Amazing Race 2 started production this week.
+ plus: Survivor Africa’s ratings grow.

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.