Are actors “upset that we no longer blindly celebrate actors as the sole basis of our evening entertainment”?

Will & Grace actor Eric McCormack recently wrote to the official Academy of Television Arts & Sciences magazine in response to a cover featuring The Real Housewives, “Usually when I pass my Emmy on the mantle, it gives me a warm feeling, makes me think about what I’ve achieved in this business. But today? It just … kinda looks like a joke.” That was reproduced in a New York Times story and, in a letter responding to that comment, Robin Chung makes a brilliant argument in a letter to that paper that really should permanently shut up actors who bitch about reality television taking jobs away from them. Chung writes:

“At what point did actors and writers decide they were the most important part of a show? True, they’re important — as important as the editors, lighting designers, camera crew, creators, producers, etc. Yes, there’s an extensive list of other talented and hard-working people who create a show besides those we see on screen (who, incidentally, need work as much as Mr. McCormack does). Perhaps he’s upset that we no longer blindly celebrate actors as the sole basis of our evening entertainment.”

Ratings for ‘Idol’ Don’t Translate Into Emmys Glory and ‘American Idol': Actors’ New Reality [New York Times]

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.

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.