UPenn researchers need viewer feedback about Biggest Loser, Starting Over, Queer Eye, and What Not to Wear

University of Pennsylvania researchers need your help as they try to find out “what audiences think about some of the most popular television makeover shows.” They want to know if they’re “trash television or inspiring entertainment.”

Specifically, the researchers want feedback from viewers who’ve watched either The Biggest Loser, Queer Eye, Starting Over, or What Not to Wear.

Each show has its own survey, and among other questions, the surveys ask what you like and dislike about the shows, and how often you watch them. Since they’re an academic institution, they won’t use your confidential responses for evil, and promise they’ll be used “only for academic purposes (not market research).”

Makeover Shows [Annenberg School For Communication at the University of Pennsylvania]

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.