Bachelor creator complains about “fake” and “bullshit” reality shows

Mike Fleiss, creator and executive producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, is horrified about reality shows that are fake and/or loosely scripted and/or heavily manipulated. I agree completely with what Fleiss told the Calgary Herald:

“I think most of the shows are fake. I think there’s all kinds of bullshit going on behind the scenes with, I would say, outside of the talent shows and the Bachelor, where we really kill ourselves and spend a lot of money and time and destroy our staff to make sure its real, that 70 to 80 per cent of the shows on TV are bullshit. They’re loosely scripted. Things are planted. Things are salted into the environment so things seem more shocking.”

Planted? Salted into the environment? Bullshit behind the scenes? Things made to seem more shocking than they actually are?

Thankfully, The Bachelor has never done any of those things, 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.

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.