Major: BBC should drop reality TV.

Major: BBC should drop reality TV.
Even British politicians stick their faces into reality TV. Former Prime Minister John Major says he “would like to see the BBC drop trivial programmes, even if it costs ratings.” He’s specifically referring to “trivial programmes, quiz shows and reality shows” that air on the BBC, which is publicly owned. He asks, “Why should it compete with Sky television and ITV? It is a different beast.” Worse, he says that beast is dirty: “I think there are many people who look through the Radio and TV Times and are dismayed at the relatively low quality of much of the stuff that appears.”

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.