FOX reality “gnome” Darnell: “These are just ideas until you execute them.”

FOX reality “gnome” Darnell: “These are just ideas until you execute them.”
FOX has been under fire recently from other networks for seemingly ripping off their show ideas and then racing to the air with copycat versions. FOX President Gail Berman called the charges “baseless allegations of theft and extortion [that] are outrageous and unacceptable.” The Denver Post’s Joanne Ostrow talks to FOX’s reality exec, Mike Darnell, who she says is “[a] kid-sized man with long, wiry hair” who “speaks rapidly in a high-pitched rasp” and is referred to by some critics as “the gnome.” Citing one example, he insists a bunch of boxing series were pitched to FOX, and says, “These are just ideas until you execute them.” He also says that he understands that his exploitative and appalling programming will be slammed. “Some shows, we’re going to get criticized. Not because they’re bad, but just because of the kind of show that they are.”

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.