WGA leads reality show workers to file complaints for unpaid overtime

Reality show workers gathered today to file formal claims for unpaid overtime as part of the WGA’s ongoing efforts to unionize reality show workers. (Coincidentally, it’s exactly one week after I joked about this very issue.)

An unspecified number of workers, such as “writers, production assistants, contestant coordinators, craft services, and office workers,” “[gathered] at the Van Nuys office of the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) to file claims alleging that the producers of these shows owe them unpaid overtime and penalties that could total over $500,000,” the WGA said in a press release.

Last fall, a WGA survey found that reality show workers lose $38,400 in overtime annually. Shows whose workers were present today include Fox’s American Idol, CBS’ The Amazing Race, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and ABC’s American Inventor.

Reality TV Workers Demand Fair Pay [WGA press release]

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.