Queer Eye furniture, clothing stores “provide merchandise for free.”

Queer Eye furniture, clothing stores “provide merchandise for free.”
Wondering how much a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy makeover costs? Not as much as it appears, according to Time magazine, which reports that “[s]tores pay nothing for being featured on the show; they simply agree to let cameras in and provide merchandise for free.” Stores are selling a lot of the products featured on the Bravo show, and housewares store Domain is even renaming a sofa after Fab Five member Thom Filicia called it a “chofa” on the show. A producer for the show says they won’t charge companies for the air time: “They’re giving me a location, and they’re giving us product. Why would I charge them? That would be horrible.”
+ also: Simon Dumenco: “It’s an infomercial, people!”
+ and: “The show is incredibly entertaining, too. But that’s exactly the problem.”

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.

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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.