reality TV production costs are rising.

reality TV production costs are rising.
Reporting on the rising costs of producing reality TV shows, The Wall Street Journal reveals the price per episode of a couple series: UPN’s Top Model costs “about $800,000 a show,” while The Apprentice runs “just below $2 million an episode.” Compared to dramas, these prices are pretty low; despite its price tag, Trump’s show “is one of the most profitable programs on TV.” Still, reality isn’t staying cheap; “the industry is reverting to its profligate habits,” according to the Journal. Among the rising costs: “agents are ratcheting up prices for their clients,” “demand is so strong for experienced reality-show crews that salaries for casting coordinators and editors skilled at culling hundreds of hours of footage have soared 125 percent,” and sets are costing more as producers work to one-up each other and previous seasons of their shows.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.