12 reality TV writers sue four networks and four production companies

The Writers Guild has made good on its promise to sue reality TV show production companies and the networks that air the shows over the pay of reality TV “writers.” They’re “charging eight television networks and production companies with gross violations of California’s labor laws governing payment of overtime, wages, and meal periods,” according to a WGA press release.

The WGA says the 12 “were required to falsify their time cards” because “the employees worked far in excess of 40 hours per week during virtually every week of their employment but never received any premium overtime pay.” They’ve posted sample pay stubs as evidence.

The four networks are ABC, CBS, The WB, and TBS; the companies are The Next Entertainment, Telepictures Productions, Syndicated Productions, Inc., and Dawn Syndicated Productions. The plaintiffs are Troy Devolld, Michael Gara, Brian Gibson, Christian Huber, Thomas Hietter, Nicole Hedlund, Sarah Levine, Eduardo Penna, Todd Sharp, Emily Sinclair, J. Ryan Stradal, and Kevin Thomas.

Reality Writers Sue Major Networks and Production Companies for Violations of California Labor Laws [WGA West]

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.