Nigel Barker says Tyra Banks is just as crazy in real life as she is on camera

Top Model judge and photographer Nigel Barker said his fellow judge Tyra Banks is as nutty in real life as she is on TV. In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, he was asked about Tyra’s persona, and he said, “I tell you, it’s one and the same. It’s actually who she is.”

The interviewer asked, “So she’s mad?”, and Nigel said, “Well, it’s one of the keys to success for a good reality show, if you cast people who actually are themselves. I think the audience can always tell if someone is performing and they won’t buy it. Many reality shows have failed because everyone’s acting. We have some colourful characters you think must be performing but I think that’s because in life, they are performers. Janice is Janice — she’s like that the whole time. Miss J is Miss J. He runs around being Miss J in his off time too.”

Nigel says that he stays away from the J and Jay and Tyra show: “I’m rarely a part of that. I’m there to be the photographer and the judge and apart from that, I’m not a part of the other fun and hijinks.”

A quick word with: Nigel Barker [New Zealand Herald]

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.