Listen to Hoarders’ Matt Paxton and I talk about reality TV

Hoarders Matt Paxton was one of the subjects of my Playboy piece about the effects of reality TV, so when he came to Central Florida to clean a house for the show and asked to interview me for his new podcast, I agreed.

The resulting episode is now live on his 5 Decisions Away podcast, which you should subscribe to. (Here’s the direct iTunes link; it’s free. You can also listen online.)

It’s basically us talking for just over an hour about reality TV and, in heavier moments, things like life. Since we recorded it in the early evening, it’s not quite as crazy of a conversation as his previous episode with the show’s animal hoarding experts, which was recorded late at night and includes lots of hilariously childish genitalia jokes amid the interesting analysis of animal hoarders’ behavior. And his first episode features a conversation with his Clutter Cleaner colleague Cabell Hatchett about the work they do.

But especially if you’ve never heard my odd muppet-like voice before, you should listen to the one with me first.

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.