producers find casts on Craigslist; SciFi already casting for Mad Mad House 2.

producers find casts on Craigslist; SciFi already casting for Mad Mad House 2.
No more sweaty lines in major metropolitan areas nor negotiating with unknown actors’ agents. The hot new place for some reality TV show producers to find cast members is online, on Craigslist. A producer for TLC’s Date Patrol tells the New York Post, “We post in a lot of different outlets for recruitment, but Craigslist is one of our most successful avenues of finding people for our show.” SciFi is using Craigslist to cast for a second season of Mad Mad House; the first season will debut in March. Other current casting notices: TLC is searching for people who are moving for a new series (and earlier looked for “a hot, masculine Carpenter”); NBC wants “a loving couple that have been exclusive to one another for 6 months or more”; and an unnamed network today needs a “[b]eautiful caucasian woman with great legs” who is “[a] party girl who likes to drink and gamble, who enjoys sports and would love to sit front and center at a Knicks basketball game.”

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.