producers “encourage the drama” in “artificial and manipulated” Eden.

producers “encourage the drama” in “artificial and manipulated” Eden.
The second part of the Forever Eden premiere airs tonight, and Mary will “take her revenge” and banish one of the other cast members. Executive producer Tom Gutteridge is candid about producers’ involvement in the drama. He calls the cast members “characters” and tells the Houston Chronicle that they “are placed within a structure that is artificial and manipulated by the producers of the show. The writers of the show have a daily script meeting where we review what’s happened and what we should do to encourage the drama for the next 24 hours or so.” There’s no elaboration on what that means. He also says that with Paradise Hotel, “viewers got really hooked on the characters, more than they got hooked on the (show’s) structure, which is very unusual in a reality show, because you normally need a very heavy structure to drive the story forward. So we thought we could do a genuine reality soap, which doesn’t have this heavy competition structure driving it and instead has at its heart the same drama that drives scripted series.”
+ also: “Forever Eden was conceived and made for the US by Brits–proof that reality rather than drama or comedy is fast becoming UK TV’s greatest export.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.