Miss America may become reality series.

Miss America may become reality series.
The Miss America pageant and reality TV have a sordid history: it was on the show that O-Town began its spectacular crash and burn, and Trista, Ryan, and Clay Aiken appeared on the show years ago. Three and a half years ago, the pageant decided to adopt some reality TV-like features. This year, having been dumped on their ass by ABC, the network-less show is proposing a dramatic change: turning the one-night pageant into a reality TV show series. “The venerable beauty/ talent pageant has signed with the William Morris Agency and is shopping a refashioned version of the annual event, pitching the pageant as a multi-episode reality series complete with behind-the-scenes drama and gradual elimination of contestants,” TV Week reports. The organization’s president pulls out basically the same line he dished out in August of 2001, pretending that Miss America was the original reality TV show. Spinning like mad, Art McMaster says, “We consider ourselves the first reality TV. Last year we realized our once-a-year show wasn’t cutting the cake. We saw reality shows like ‘American Idol’ passing us by. We feel America has got to get to know our contestants.”

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.