network, freelance casting directors talk about impact of reality TV on their jobs.

network, freelance casting directors talk about impact of reality TV on their jobs.
Reality TV’s increasing ubiquity affects many people in Hollywood, including those people who normally cast actors in fictional roles. Now, they’re sometimes asked to find real people for reality TV shows. One casting director, Liz Ortiz-Mackes, who won’t name the reality TV shows she’s cast, says, “In a perfect world, casting for reality TV and casting for everything else would represent two separate activities, but today the line has become blurred.” Backstage reports that “her discomfort has several sources, including the percentage (admittedly small) of showbiz hopefuls who view an appearance on reality TV as a potential career steppingstone.” A freelance casting director who has found people for Queer Eye, Nadette Stasa says reality TV has changed how she works. “We cast a wide net. Casting is often the result of word of mouth and our ability to network.”

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.