reality “genre is still very viable.”

reality “genre is still very viable.”
At the Hollywood Radio and TV Society gathering yesterday, “reality producers and execs … said they still believed in the vitality of the genre,” Variety reports. Ben Silverman, producer of The Restaurant, says “The real story of the fall is derivative programming doesn’t work.” In other words, crappy knock-offs don’t work. Producer Chuck Barris said that “[r]eality shows are basically gameshows, and gameshows are reciprocal. If (the genre) dips, it will certainly come up again.”

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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.