WGA filing second lawsuit against a network and reality show producer

Earlier, the WGAw sued ABC, CBS, The WB, and TBS and several production companies. Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. PT, the Writers Guild of America West will announce a second lawsuit against a network and a reality show producer. This new “lawsuit charges major broadcasting network and reality TV producer with gross violations of California’s wage and hour laws.” According to a WGAw media advisory, the new “Plaintiffs allege they were instructed to falsify timecards, as well as subjected to violations of overtime laws and 15-hour days with no meal periods.”

Meanwhile, the Producers Guild of America is pissed at “with the WGA’s assertion that editors and producers of reality shows should fall under the guild’s purview,” Variety reports. Basically, the PGA thinks the WGA is trying to classify reality producers into writers. The PGA recently sent a letter to the WGA, saying, in part,

“If indeed you are seeking to redefine the roles and functions listed in your mission statement as those of writers, then you may be courting a strain of chaos for the entire industry.”

PGA irked over WGA’s reality take [Variety]

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.