actors say: stay away from reality TV.

actors say: stay away from reality TV.
Actors who’ve done reality TV to help further their careers tell other aspiring actors to stay away from reality television. To those actors, we say: Thank you. Backstage.com talked to three actors, including Boy Meets Boy‘s James Getzlaff, and finds that they regret their decisions, even if it helped their careers. James says, “My advice to actors is do not do reality TV. The success stories are very few, and transitioning the experience into something good is rare. I was fortunate, but I still think there’s a stigma attached to appearing on reality TV.” He says that “appearing on ‘Boy Meets Boy’ was much more of a door opener than I had anticipated. But I’m not sure I would appear on a reality TV show again. I can’t say I definitely wouldn’t, but I’d certainly be wiser in what I’d choose to appear on. I might do something like ‘Survivor’ or ‘Amazing Race.’ They’re competitions. Unlike ‘Boy Meets Boy’ and so many of the other reality shows, they’re not inherently about manipulation and humiliation.” Cupid‘s Paul Stancato says he “would not do another reality TV show. It’s not acting. Although in hindsight, I would play it much bigger than I did, make more of an effort to be funny. I was very cautious and that was a mistake. Reality TV shows may be good for standup comics who have large presences all by themselves.”

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.