gay reality TV roles discussed; Boy Meets Boy 2 couldn’t find advertisers.

gay reality TV roles discussed; Boy Meets Boy 2 couldn’t find advertisers.
The Hollywood Reporter talks to a group of openly gay producers, including The Real World‘s co-creator Jonathan Murray. He says that the show’s format of diverse housemates “forced us to have gay people. What’s great about MTV … is that there’s no double standard: The way we treat gay and lesbian storylines is the same way we treat straight storylines. The nice thing about reality programming is that it takes you places you can’t imagine you would go: Pedro and Sean (1994’s “The Real World: San Francisco”) decided they wanted to have a commitment ceremony, so it went there.” Also off interest, film producer Craig Zadan says that Bravo “attempted to get Boy Meets Boy 2 off the ground, and they didn’t because no one wants to advertise on it.” Meanwhile, despite the proliferation of gay people on reality TV, Slate’s Dana Stevens says in an essay that “[t]he one thing that gay men still can’t be found doing on reality television is the very thing that defines them as ‘gay’ in the first place: loving other men.” She argues that “gay men on reality television exist to impart some intangible quality of sophistication or savoir-faire to the otherwise drab lives of their heterosexual brothers.”

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.