Fans can’t take pictures with touring idols, producers demand approval over media’s photos

For the American Idol 5 tour, the show’s producer 19 Entertainment is becoming a little fascist. At the concerts, fans “were reportedly allowed to snap pictures, but were not allowed to stop and pose with the performers, nor to hand them cell phones,” according to E! Online.

More significantly, producers are demanding that media covering the event get approved before being published. As a result, “the New Hampshire Union Leader elected not to send a photographer to the concert or kick-off press conference,” according to E! “The paper instead ran an editor’s note, explaining it would not be publishing any images of the concert because the ‘show’s organizers made an unacceptable demand: the right to review and approve our news photos before publication.'”

The Boston Globe also “refused and left,” according to a story in the paper, but apparently the other spineless pushovers bowed to the will of the Idol machine. As The Globe notes, reporters even allowed themselves to be humiliated by the tour’s sponsor, Pop Tarts. That’s because “the press contingent was reduced to interviewing a 7-foot-tall Mint Chocolate Chip Pop – Tart … who responded only to yes-or-no questions.” Who says journalism is in crisis?

“Idol” Tour Not Caught on Film [E! Online]
‘Idol’ worshipers give stars a sweet start to their tour [The Boston Globe]

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.