American Candidate producer reveals on-set lingo for reality TV shows.

American Candidate producer reveals on-set lingo for reality TV shows.
Slate editor and American Candidate producer/writer Kevin Arnovitz dishes today in Slate about some of the things he learned while working on the series this summer, but alas, there are no details about secret make-out sessions between Keith and Park, nor deatils about Bruce’s predilection for gnawing on beef jerky when the cameras are turned off. Instead, he reveals the vocabulary of reality TV show crews. Among the terms he defines is frankenbite, “An edited reality show snippet, most often found in contestant testimonials, that splices together several disparate strands of an interview, or even multiple interviews, into a single clip.” Borrowed from the world of porn, there’s the Money Shot, which is, of course, the “dramatic climax for an episode’s key segment.” He also explains the difference between a Pre-Cap (“An interview of a reality show contestant before [often en route to] a major event … that captures the anticipatory giddiness of the contestant”), mid-cap (“film on the contestant in the course of the event”), and recap (“A reflective interview after the fact”).

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.