Networks cutting reality show budgets

Get ready for even cheaper-looking reality TV shows, as networks–broadcast and cable–are cutting budgets even for the shows that once were considered cheap alternatives. “Producers are being urged to shoot shows faster than ever and use indoor settings to help reduce expenses,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Uber VH1 producer Mark Cronin said, “Every year there’s more and more budgetary pressure. Every network is having its budgetary problems, and that’s being pushed back toward all content. So there’s a constant pressure to produce more for less.” Howard Owens, who produces American Gladiators, told the paper, “Networks want smaller budgets and more studio shows. They don’t want you to shoot for nine days an episode that you’ll have to edit for eight weeks.”

Cronin said the most horrifying thing of all: that viewers just might not care. “Audiences seem to be very forgiving of what we used to think of as unspeakably low production values,” he said.

Nets look to cut reality costs [Hollywood Reporter]

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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