is A&E’s Intervention exploitative?

is A&E’s Intervention exploitative?
A&E’s newest reality series, Intervention, which kicked off earlier this month, focuses on two people in need of help each Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET. The episode titles give us all we need to know; Sunday’s episode was titled “Jerrie (Vicodin) & Tamela (self-destruction),” and next Sunday’s ep is “Alissa (gambling) and Brian (crystal meth).”

While any show that involves crystal meth is certainly worthy of attention, Salon’s Heather Havrilesky looks at the “scathing reviews and accusations of exploitation” that the show has received. She finds that the series “is extremely engrossing, emotionally wrenching and impossible not to take to heart.” She ultimately concludes that “”Whether ‘Intervention’ was born of a pure heart or a crass desire to capitalize on the lowest moments of others hardly matters to me. What matters is that, in this time of excess and overindulgence and the deification of partying celebrities, this show has the potential to scare the hell out of millions of viewers.”

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.