reality TV “copycats fading fast.”

reality TV “copycats fading fast.”
The ratings of recent reality TV show “copycats” haven’t matched returning shows (like Survivor Amazon) or new formats (like Joe Millionaire). Instead, the ratings of new shows from Are You Hot to The Family to All American Girl aren’t doing well, or at least aren’t doing as well as their predecessors. Why? The answer, according to USA TODAY’s report, may lie in either oversaturation or lack of quality. ABC’s entertainment president Susan Lyne admits ABC might have screwed up: “We didn’t anticipate how difficult it would be to get attention for a crop of new reality shows in the quiet months of spring.”
+ also: “young adults learn from reality TV.”

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.