Series 7 writer/director says timing of film was completely accidental.

Series 7 writer/director says timing of film was completely accidental.
Daniel Minahan’s big-screen satire of reality TV, Series 7: The Contenders, came to theatres during the reality TV boom completely accidentally. He tells Cinema Confidential, “…[W]hen we were shooting the movie in Connecticut, we got word about this Survivor show in Amsterdam at first. We thought ‘Oh, that’s cute. They’d never do something like that on American TV.’ By the time we finished filming the movie, there was the first episode of Survivor where we were like ‘Oh my God’….”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

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Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

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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.