Episodic TV lost 3,523 roles for actors last year, in part due to reality’s growth

During the 2004-2005 television season, networks aired “5.1 additional hours per week of nonscripted programs (reality, news magazines, sports and variety) or the equivalent of 10 sitcoms or five drama series,” according to Variety.

Overall, “reality programming in primetime increased from 15 to 22 hours per week.” This led to a decrease of 3,523 roles for actors, 10 percent fewer roles than were available in 2003.

The numbers were compiled by the Screen Actors Guild, which said in its report, “The displacement of scripted series by reality programming continues to be a severe obstacle to a working actor’s ability to earn a living.”

Reality sucks air out of SAG [Variety]
Tv Performers Again Take Hit From Reality Programming, 2004 Casting Data Shows [Screen Actors Guild]

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.