Showtime’s This American Life cuts episodes due to lack of stories

Showtime’s Emmy-winning documentary series This American Life, which is essentially a televised version of the long-running public radio show of the same name, may not be able to produce a full six-episode season this year.

“We need stories with real drama, things unfolding, something at stake and characters we can relate to — ideally, with people doing something that has a visual component to it. It’s incredibly important to have something interesting to look at,” host and executive producer Ira Glass told Creators syndicate’s Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith. But he can’t find enough of those.

Thus, while the series aired a full second season last summer, which is out on DVD today (the first season is also on DVD), they report that the show “may be cutting back from six episodes this year to several specials.”

Glass said that he now understands what reality show producers face. “Doing this makes me sympathetic to those reality show programmers and respectful of the dramatic cunning involved in making those shows happen,” he said.

Ira Glass Has New Respect For ‘Dramatic Cunning’ of Reality TV [Creators Syndicate]

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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