members of Congress protest UPN’s planned Amish reality TV series.

members of Congress protest UPN’s planned Amish reality TV series.
Having finished dealing with terrorism, the deficit, jobs heading overseas, Janet Jackson, Iraq, the environment, poverty, and other concerns, Congress can finally turn its attention to what really matters: an upcoming reality TV series about Amish teenagers. Some of our representatives have their undies in a bunch over UPN’s plans to develop and air a show about Amish teenagers’ rumspringa, which was previously the subject of a documentary produced by the people creating the TV show. A total of 50 members of Congress signed a letter to CBS and Viacom execs “suggesting that if UPN airs the program, they are bigots,” according to the Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes. Rep. Joe Pitts and other guys in suits held “a rally on a farm in Willow Street, Pennsylvania” to discuss the travesty-in-waiting. That’s according to a press release from the congressman, who says the show should be dumped “[u]nless CBS wants a permanent reputation as the network of sleaze and disrespect.” Apparently he’s never seen FOX–or a television set, because the press release refers, at one point, to “the proposed television.”

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.