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.

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Verlox from The Quest

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.