Susan Sarandon producing ping-pong reality show; Rob Lowe producing DC-set docudrama

Two actors are getting into the reality TV game, but as producers, not cast members.

Susan Sarandon is producing a series that follows ping pong players at her nightclub SPiN. “It won’t be the Jersey Shore. It’s more of an episodic documentary. We’re trying to invent something you haven’t seen before that follows a bunch of people in this crazy little subculture,” she told People. “We’re just in the early filming stages now. I’m not sure where we’re going to land in terms of our home because we want the tone of it to be funny and quite different than anything else that anybody’s seen before.”

Meanwhile, Rob Lowe “has teamed up with the production company 44 Blue to launch a reality series with the working title ‘Potomac Fever,’ which, according to a company executive, will follow the adventures of young Washingtonians as they try to move up the ranks in the D.C. scene,” The Washington Post reports.

Susan Sarandon’s Reality Show Won’t Be Like Jersey Shore [People]
Rob Lowe to launch reality TV series in Washington, D.C. [Washington Post]

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.