CBS will bring bad dreams to life with reality version of Nightmare on Elm Street.

CBS will bring bad dreams to life with reality version of Nightmare on Elm Street.
CBS has been casting recently for a new reality show, asking happy fun questions such as, “Do you have a recurring nightmare that scares the living daylights out of you? Do you often wake up in a cold sweat trying to flee your haunting hallucination? Are you afraid to shut your eyes for fear that these nightmarish images will actually materialize?” Now we know the purpose of those inquiries: The network is producing a reality version of the Freddy Krueger films. For Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares, Robert Englund (who played Freddy) “will show up at participants’ homes and ask them to recount their deepest darkest nightmares. As the participants tell their stories, the dreams will be visualized by special effects artist Peter Kuran,” reports. Instead of just killing participants in their bedrooms as they dream, Freddy, er, Robert Englund, will then “take them to a secret location to face their nightmare head-on in an elaborate challenge.” Six one-hour episodes have been ordered, according to The Futon Critic, which says the series is likely to air “as part of CBS’ new reality-driven Saturday night lineup.”

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.