Bunim-Murray casting process finds candidates who’re “just ‘crazy’ enough.”

Bunim-Murray casting process finds candidates who’re “just ‘crazy’ enough.”
What does it take to be cast on a reality TV show? Salon’s Benjamin Wallace sits in on the casting for The Rebel Billionairer, and finds that “Many of the questions in this vetting process, therefore, are aimed at determining not whether a candidate is too crazy, but whether he’s just ‘crazy’ enough.” Produced by Bunim-Murray, that show was cast by Sasha Alpert, the woman who “pioneered the casting methods now standard to the industry.” She says her “model is World War II movies–you know, the hayseed, the urban kid from Brooklyn. This is the opposite of everyone from the same family. It’s everyone from a very different family.” Salon also gets Mike Darnell to admit that when he casts, “I want the crazy bitch, the nice guy, and as much conflict as is humanly possible.” For those wanting to fake their way on to a reality show, Survivor casting director Lynn Spillman says that it’s all about “consistency: ‘They need to be a bitch on tape, a bitch on their application, a bitch on their answering machine.'”

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.