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.

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.