Almost half of TV shows shot in L.A. are reality TV

Of television shows produced in Los Angeles, nearly half are reality TV.

At 41 percent of the region’s TV production, the level is greater than that of any other genre. Just over a third of TV shows show in LA, 36 percent, are dramas.

Thus, reality TV has helped increase television production “to record-setting levels,” Variety reports, while “fewer feature films are being made. … The Los Angeles region saw a 5% decline in off-lot feature activity during the third quarter, more than offset by a 15.5% surge in off-lot TV shooting compared with a year earlier,” according to Variety.

That “reflect[s] the ongoing shift in local production toward the small screen and away from features.” Ultimately, there’s “a 15.5% surge in off-lot TV shooting compared with a year earlier,” according to numbers from Film L.A., which issues permits to those who produce in the area.

Reality boom boosts TV prod’n [Variety]

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.