Invasion Iowa wrapped early because of suspicions; Shatner only knew fake names.

Invasion Iowa wrapped early because of suspicions; Shatner only knew fake names.
How did producers of Spike TV’s upcoming Invasion Iowa manage to fool an entire town for 10 days, convincing them that William Shatner was filming a real movie there? Besides lying, they issued fake press releases and held a fake press conference once the media got word, only told William Shatner the names of the characters that LA-based actors were playing, and told townspeople “that, for which Shatner is a paid spokesman, was making a documentary of the filming for a DVD,” thus requiring them to wear mics, according to the Press-Citizen. The paper also reports in a different story that production “ended a day early because of residents’ suspicions.” Some of those residents tell the paper they feel betrayed, while others are thrilled about the attention they’ll be getting. Ah, even Iowa has its media whores.

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.