Coming soon: Reality shows from Oprah, Kevin Federline, 90210 help

New reality TV show projects involve the rich and famous, including Oprah (rich and famous), the people who are the help for those in the 90210 zip code (the rich), and Kevin Federline (famous, tragically enough).

Oprah Winfrey will produce two shows for ABC, and she “will appear in at least one of the two shows,” according to Variety. She’s getting into reality TV because, Harpo’s Ellen Rakieten says, “Everybody and their brother would call us asking for tapes of our shows, and we’d send out the tapes. The next thing you know, just about every reality show that had a soul would have a kernel of daytime television in it.”

Eight episodes of Oprah Winfrey’s The Big Give will follow “10 people who will be handed money and resources — and then challenged to find dramatic and emotional ways to use the coin to help others,” Variety reports. “Contestant field will be winnowed down each week, with the winner getting his or her wildest wish granted.” The other series is Your Money or Your Life, and “[e]ach self-contained episode will focus on a family facing a crisis. An ‘action team’ will move in and give the family a total money and life makeover.”

On the opposite end of the feel-good spectrum, E! is producing High Maintenance 90210, which follows the “outrageous and hilarious work environments of domestic staffers as they navigate the challenging, chaotic and often over-the-top world of the super-wealthy and super-demanding,” according to E!. Six episodes debut on New Year’s Day.

Finally, and this is sort of old news but I wanted to pretend it isn’t true, Kevin Federline “is in negotiations to develop his own reality series with Kenneth Crear, the brains behind the hit show House of Carters,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Crear told the paper, “Kevin came to me because he liked the way I shot the ‘House of Carters’ series and the way I made Nick Carter look real and trustworthy. … Kevin doesn’t dislike or hate Britney. The show will show him for who he is but (will) not smear her.”

Oprah primed for ABC [Variety]
E! hiring help with ‘90210’ reality series [The Hollywood Reporter]
Federline Plans Reality Show With ‘House of Carters’ Producer [The San Francisco Chronicle]

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.