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]

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.