12 of top 20 shows are reality; TV “being driven by reality television.”

12 of top 20 shows are reality; TV “being driven by reality television.”
Here’s an article to print out and shove up the nostril of the next person you encounter who disses reality TV: As the New York Times reports, “In the current television season, 12 of the top 20 shows are reality shows.” And the president of 20th Century Fox Television, Dana Walden, says that the TV “business is being driven by reality television.” NBC’s Jeff Zucker agrees, says they realized that “the next ‘Friends’ was not a half-hour scripted comedy. It was The Apprentice.” FOX is essentially skipping the fall premiere season because of June premieres, fall baseball, and a presumed winter American Idol 4. Other reality TV shows will replace failed scripted shows. That has fallout for writers and actors: “big paydays for actors are drying up” and writers “can no longer command a big overall deal worth millions to create pilots,” the paper reports. Some good news: Another NBC exec says that advertisers are excited about “the right kind of reality–upscale reality.” In other words, maybe we’ll see fewer little grooms and more billionaires with scary hair.

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.