PlayStation will debut an original reality competition series

Gamers will compete for a job with PlayStation in an original competition series that will be broadcast only over the PlayStation Network starting Feb. 18.

It’s called The Tester, and will follow “11 avid gamers competing in a series of physical and mental elimination challenges,” and the last person standing will “win an actual job as an official PlayStation game tester along with a $5000 signing bonus,” according to the show’s site. The series is produced by 51 Minds, the production company behind the string of VH1 dating series, and includes Hal Sparks as a judge.

Ars Technica writes that the trailer, below, “looks more like the work of someone making fun of the idea of what a video game-based reality show might look like,” especially because “Testing games is a grind, with low pay for long hours and a row of people behind you who think it will be their golden ticket into the industry.”

But there is enthusiasm for the concept. Destructoid writes that based upon challenges where “A dude gets axed in the neck, people are rolling around in those giant hamster ball contraptions, and then everyone starts spooning,” the show “is the greatest thing ever.”

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.