UK psych society looking at reality TV cast members’ “mental damage.”

UK psych society looking at reality TV cast members’ “mental damage.”
The same day that Danniella Westbrook walked out of the second UK I’m a Celebrity–Get Me Out of Here, it was revealed the British Psychological Society is looking into the effects of reality TV. The organization “has set up a working party to investigate the mental damage caused to [reality TV show] participants,” the Independent reports. It will develop guidelines for participation in reality TV shows, although the article doesn’t give further details. It does discuss the possible effects on both amateur and celebrity participants. Danniella left the show citing, in part, her lack of an AA support group; she was begging the audience to let her leave, but they sent another celebrity home instead.

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.