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]

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.