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.”

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.