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]

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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.