“reality producers said they feared the business was at risk because of the rampant pocket picking.”

“reality producers said they feared the business was at risk because of” theft.
Theft of show concepts between networks has become almost as common as . But the situation might be hurting the genre. According to The New York Times, “reality producers said they feared the business was at risk because of the rampant pocket picking.” The paper reports those “producers charged Fox with setting the standard for ripping off reality ideas.” Mark Burnett says, “It’s totally lawless. The judges aren’t really judges” and says, “It’s just very, very competitive. Do I sound like I’m happy? I’m obviously not happy.” He’s not happy now because FOX took his idea for a boxing series and will now likely air its version before his NBC version debuts. Last week, he and partner Jeffrey Katzenberg met with FOX’s Peter Chernin and Gail Berman last week, and he says “[i]t was a tough meeting. Anyone wandering into that restaurant would have witnessed quite an animated discussion.” Burnett says he’s not likely to sue: “The courts are loathe to do anything about this.” Instead, he says, “The best thing to do with Fox is get even” by producing a better show.

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.