Hulu expands its documentary film selection

Online video site Hulu has expanded its documentary section, increasing the number of free, full-length, often high-definition films and featuring that section more prominently. The site had previously hosted documentaries in addition to its reality TV category.

In a blog post announcement, Hulu says this is “a genre that should benefit disproportionately from the growth in online video,” and also notes the addition of Cinelan Three-Minute Stories, which is “a new way for documentary filmmakers to share three-minute films with audiences.”

Some of those films come from a partnership with Snag Films, an impressive site that describes itself as “committed to finding the world’s most compelling documentaries, whether from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers, and making them available to the wide audience these titles deserve.”

The feature-length documentaries include Morgan Spurlock’s Super-Size Me and the incredible 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, plus Oscar-winning documentary The Times Of Harvey Milk and Oscar-nominated The Buena Vista Social Club. Other films include Dig!, which follows The Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor and The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, and Confessions of a Superhero, which follows four people who dress up as superheros and work Hollywood Blvd.

Documentaries and Introducing Documentaries on Hulu [Hulu]

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.