Austin filming ends this week; show will bring $20 million in publicity to the city.

Austin filming ends this week; show will bring $20 million in publicity to the city.
The Real World Austin is wrapping production this week, and the seven strangers will soon make the transition from unknown 20-somethings to people who make their livings as former Real World cast members. The cast got an early taste of media exposure with a visit from the Austin American-Statesman, which photographed the cast and talks to them about their experience. The city will also get new exposure; the Austin Film Office’s director says ” the estimated media value, in terms of publicity for Austin, is about $20 million.” So how did the cast handle themselves in Austin? Co-creator Jon Murray tells the paper, “The only difficulty we had was when an Austinite or a cast member had too much to drink. When young people drink too much, those few people who tend to be disagreeable are amplified.” And those people who produce MTV shows get very, very excited.

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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