Top Hooker: a new competition from Top Shot’s producers for Animal Planet

Animal Planet will air a competition reality series called Top Hooker, and although the network has focused more on humans than animals in recent seasons, the show is sadly not about prostitutes. Instead, it’s a competition between people who catch fish, and it has a brilliant name.

The good news is that it’s produced by Pilgrim Films & Television, which producers the awesome Top Shot for History, among other shows. Still, I was a bit skeptical about how could make fishing seem as dramatic and interesting as they’ve done with shooting, but then I watched the sizzle reel below. Although it’s mostly stock footage, it’s clear that fishing can make for a thrilling show.

The show is now casting “competitive, outgoing and skilled anglers, spear fishermen, game fishermen, fly fishermen, trawlers and trappers from all walks of life” whose experience can be “commercial, sport or recreational.” The show will be filmed in October and November, with applications due by Aug. 28.

Update: The sizzle reel video from the upfronts was removed from YouTube, apparently because it was too exciting and getting people actually interested in watching the show. Alas.

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.