Project Runway wins Peabody Award

Bravo’s Project Runway became one of the first two reality series to receive a Peabody Award, which honors “the best in electronic media.” The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which gives the awards, explained the show’s win like this: “A series that redeems the reality-contest genre, this face-off competition among upstart fashion designers demands, displays and ultimately rewards creativity that can’t be bluffed.”

Although multiple news sources say that Runway is the first reality series to receive the award (Reuters, TV Guide, New York Magazine, another, albeit far less well-known reality series, also won an award this year. PBS’ kid Design Squad, a competition between young product designers, also received an award this year. It was recognized because the show “puts an educational emphasis into the reality-competition television format.”

The Discovery Channel’s documentary series Planet Earth also won a Peabody because it “documented the natural wonders of our world, some familiar, others never before seen, in stunning high-definition clarity.”

Complete List of 2007 Peabody Award Winners [Peabody Awards]

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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