MTV following high school journalists for The Paper

Journalism-themed reality shows haven’t yet been able to capture the public’s imagination. Bravo’s New York Daily News docudrama Tabloid Wars didn’t catch on with the public, and Bravo aired its final two episodes back-to-back starting at 7 p.m. because it apparently didn’t think anyone cared. MTV did the same thing with I’m from Rolling Stone, scheduling it at odd times and finally burning off the last few episodes on a Sunday night. Most recently, FOX dumped Anchorwoman after one episode.

But MTV is trying again, this time focusing on high school journalists who will star in a new show called The Paper. The series will follow the staff of The Circuit, the student newspaper at Florida’s biggest high school, Cypress Bay High. Eight episodes will air early next year.

The show’s executive producer, Marshall Eisen, told Variety that the show shouldn’t be called a reality series. “It’s more of a docu-series, where we’re talking about the lives of our participants. And it’s just a great way to get inside high school,” he said.

Note to reality show producers and networks: The whole damn point of reality television is watching real people’s lives, whether in an artificial context or their everyday lives, so if you have to start justifying shows as being real, there’s a significant problem somewhere.

MTV orders ‘The Paper’ [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.

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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.