The CW’s Jennifer Bresnan becomes CBS’ senior VP for reality programming

Following the departure of CBS’ executive Ghen Maynard earlier this month, CBS has hired Jennifer Bresnan as its senior VP for alternative programming. She’s served an equivalent role at The CW, CBS’ sibling station, for just over two years.

Before working as an executive, she worked as a producer on reality shows such as The Swan, High School Reunion, and the first season of American Idol, and was a supervising producer on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.

CBS’ Nina Tassler said in a statement (reproduced by all of the trades: The Hollywood Reporter, Broadcasting & Cable, Variety) that “Jen’s background in developing and producing reality programming is incredibly diverse, her relationships in the creative community run very deep, and we’re excited for her to start developing all types of programming in the reality genre.”

Jennifer Bresnan to Head CBS Alternative Programming [CBS press release]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.