despite ratings success, WB exec calls reality TV “spacer programming.”

despite ratings success, WB exec calls reality TV “spacer programming.”
Last summer, The Surreal Life gave the WB record numbers, as it “reached several rating highs among young viewers, surpassing all the comedies and dramas the network had tried there,” the New York Times reports. Yet WB chair Garth Ancier says his network will be “primarily a scripted network,” while WB chief exec Jordan Levin says reality TV is “spacer programming.” Still, a second High School Reunion will air this spring, and of course The Surreal Life 2 is currently airing. Plus, just to keep us guessing, “Mr. Levin said several other reality shows were in the works,” the Times reports.

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.