Some reality TV shows thriving on DVD

After some initial failures, reality TV shows are now thriving on DVD. One reason: DVDs now include the full season and extras, not just clips or highlights.

As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Amazon now has a Reality TV shows on DVD category. And a number of shows will be released on DVD in the coming months. Among them, Project Runway will be released on Nov. 29) and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be released on Nov. 22.

Not all shows have been successes; after putting The Apprentice on DVD a year ago, NBC “has no plans of releasing subsequent seasons.” And FOX isn’t planning any upcoming reality DVDs.

CBS is, and will jump ahead to put Survivor Pearl Islands on DVD at the beginning of next year “because of the significantly higher ratings, the way the game played out and the likability of (contestant) Rupert and some of the other castaways,” CBS’ Consumer Products VP Ken Ross said.

CBS is also planning an odd release schedule for The Amazing Race on DVD: season one will be released Sept. 27, while The Amazing Race 7 will be out in December.

The reason he cites: “internet buzz.” So keep bitching; they’re listening.

Reality on DVD, take two [Hollywood Reporter]

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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.