participants say Wife Swap producers reenacted scenes and wrote house rules.

participants say Wife Swap producers reenacted scenes and wrote house rules.
Late to the party as usual, The New York Times reports how sometimes, reality TV can be unreal. The paper looks at tonight’s episode of Wife Swap, whose participants say, among other things, that at least one scene was reenacted because a camera wasn’t present (as we’ve seen before), and who also say that the resulting episode doesn’t quite match their experience. For example, Nancy Cedarquist and Michael Oeth didn’t get along, so Cedarquist was moved into a hotel, but that won’t be shown on the episode. Perhaps most damning, Cedarquist says a producer wrote the new house rules that she had to present to Oeth and his children. Producer Wendy Roth defends these actions because, she says, “We come out of the entertainment division. There is a certain amount of poetic license.” She also says that the reaction of participants has to do with their self-perception. “You know how you have an image of what your life looks like to other people? At some point, they realize the way they see themselves and the way other people see their lives isn’t exactly the same.”

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.