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.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.