Spurlock says reality TV “opened the door for people to be more accepting of documentaries”

Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker who directed and starred in Super Size Me, branched out into reality TV last year with FX’s 30 Days. The show returns tomorrow night for a second season.

In an interview with Time, Spurlock praises reality TV. He says the genre “opened the door for people to be more accepting of documentaries.” Specifically, he says his documentary benefited from it. “I don’t think Super Size Me would have done as well as it did in theaters had it not been for reality TV.”

That said, he adds, “I really don’t watch a lot of TV. I watch the news, and once in a while Entourage or The Sopranos. And I love 30 Days– 30 Days is a great reality show!” It’s good to know that even Oscar-nominated directors aren’t beneath shameless whoring.

10 Questions For Morgan Spurlock [Time]

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.