Britney: For the Record doesn’t give us much about Britney Spears, at least not from her

Sunday night, MTV debuted Britney: For the Record, a documentary directed by Phil Griffin that promised to “get into the thoughts of Britney Spears as she plots and prepares for her return to the spotlight.”

It did do that; unfortunately, those thoughts weren’t very illuminating. When asked about marrying Kevin Federline, Britney says, “I just did it because, for the sake — the idea of everything, and um, it just led me on a weird path.” Asked about shaving her head, she says, “I was going through so much artificial stuff with my kids and Kevin at the time. He’d just left me and I was devastated. … People shave their heads all the time.”

As I wrote for last night, while it’s well-edited and well-produced–and totally unlike anything you’d generally see on MTV–the documentary falls short of the mark because Britney’s interview segments don’t offer much beyond cringe-worthy moments like when she says “hisself” or vague insight when she obliquely talks about driving to avoid the pain of missing her kids.

About the only time that she really offers insight is when she breaks down and says “I’m sad.” However, the documentary does end up being somewhat revealing, primarily through flashes of her life, like the way she’s literally hunted by paparazzi, clearly sick bastards who provide photographs to the bastards who buy celebrity gossip magazines and drool over the life of someone who’s clearly extremely troubled. But it doesn’t blame them, or her family, or her friends, or Britney herself, and more significantly, never really explains how or why she got to the point where she needed a documentary to help her orchestrate a comeback.

Britney: For the Record [MTV]
‘For the Record,’ Britney reveals very little [MSNBC]

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.