Swan producer calls the show “worthless,” says its cast “[looked] like cheap hookers”

A Fox Reality Channel exec doesn’t have nice things to say about a show his network will re-air — and a show he helped produce. At the Banff World TV Festival, David Lyle dissed The Swan. According to the Calgary Sun, he said,

“The Swan was a worthless piece of television, I’m sad to say I produced. Those women were left sort of looking like cheap hookers and sent back to their small towns.”

Fox Reality will air repeats of the show, with added follow-up interviews. Lyle says Fox Reality “viewers want us to be at the more tawdry end, which I am happy to oblige. I am trying to stay away from that bout of niceness that [Amazing Race host] Phil’s leading.” Lyle says that he’s looking forward to the new episodes. “I’m really interested to see what has happened to them. I think the follow-up will be more interesting than the original.”

Reality feels so good [Calgary Sun]

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.