Win a copy of Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market, and learn how to get a job or sell a show

If you want a job in reality television, or want to understand how it works behind the scenes, or think you have the perfect show to pitch, you should probably read Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market before you do anything else. Besides covering the basics of reality TV, the book explains production from outlining a show to conducting OTFs to post-production, and also explains how to work in the industry, starting with entry-level jobs.

Its author, Troy Devolld, who has worked on reality shows from Flipping Out to Basketball Wives, and has offered to give away six signed copies to reality blurred readers.

One of those winners will also get free registration for the Aug. 27 conference Future of Story in Los Angeles (you need to provide your own transportation and hotel–i.e., probably live in the L.A. area). The half-day conference is for writers (“Screenwriters, television writers, novelists, non-fiction writers, graphic novelists and all those interested in emerging trends in narrative”) who will “have an opportunity to network one-on-one with experts on screenwriting, pitching, and various aspects of filmmaking.”

You can enter daily until noon ET next Thursday, Aug. 25 by leaving a comment below; note in the comment if you just want the book or if you also want to be eligible for the free conference registration because you can be in L.A. that day.

When you comment, make sure that whatever service you use to sign in displays your real name and makes it possible to contact you. (If your comments aren’t being approved, check the quick and easy instructions.) The fine print: No purchase is necessary. I’ll randomly select the six winners at 12:01 p.m. ET on Aug. 25, when the contest ends, and contact you to get your mailing address. Awesome! If you don’t respond within 24 hours, I’ll randomly pick someone else. Sad!

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.