Ashton Kutcher: “without reality television, the city of Los Angeles would be a pretty barren zone”

Promoting the new ABC reality series Opportunity Knocks yesterday, its executive producer, Ashton Kutcher, said that reality television has kept Los Angeles alive as films leave to be produced elsewhere.

“I try to create jobs. With all the films moving out of Los Angeles, television and reality television supports a lot of people who make film, make television. And I think without reality television, the city of Los Angeles would be a pretty barren zone. There are a ton of jobs that are created through reality television and so — just not always for actors,” he told TV critics.

Initially, he was asked, “what do you think about actors bitching about reality shows?” and replied, “They bitch about reality shows? They probably just don’t bitch to me because I make them and that would be weird.”

He later went into an extended metaphor about a cake that others are eating before someone gets a piece, and said, “And I think that all those actors that are sort of bitching or worried about reality TV taking away their money or their jobs, there’s another cake coming and they’ll be fine.”

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.