reality changes as it becomes part of prime-time TV; reality 10 percent of Spanish-language TV.

evolution of reality TV forces changes; reality 10 percent of Spanish-language TV.
Reality television is evolving from “an inexpensive, quick fix for a network looking to jazz up its summer ratings or to plug midseason holes” to a genre that “appears on virtually every network schedule, often in crucially important time periods,” TV Week reports. This is forcing networks to reconsider how they deal with reality TV, in part because of rising costs, “the dilution of reality audiences and the thinning of the production talent stable.” On Spanish-language TV stations, reality TV is also a success. According to the Redlands Daily Facts, “the new reality genre has cornered a 10 percent share of viewers in just a few years and industry analysts say there is plenty of room for growth. Drawing on the success of the telenovela, Spanish-language reality show producers thread together the high-drama of soap operas from a series of unscripted scenes.” One analyst says that it’s all about “drama” for Spanish-language audiences.

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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.