Double Dare host Marc Summers: now vacuuming on reality TV

The host of Nickelodeon’s original and awesome Double Dare, Marc Summers, now vacuums the set of a cable reality show. However, he’s also the executive producer of Restaurant Impossible, the Robert Irvine-hosted restaurant makeover show that broadcast its 50th episode last week with a quasi-behind-the-scenes and mostly recap episode.

In that, Marc Summers revealed that, on the crew, “everyone jumps in. I tend to vacuum a lot.” And we saw footage of him doing just that.

Besides that, the special touched on the fact that the show involves a lot more than what we see on screen, though it didn’t go into details about how the designer plans the designs and buys everything well in advance (of course), or why every single episode involves Robert screaming at the designer and carpenter, wasting time to express the obvious need for speed.

However, one of the show’s co-executive producers revealed that there’s a 30-person crew (including three camera operators, three executive producers, associate producers, two audio people, the carpenter and his team, and “a whole support staff”) works with 9,000 pounds of gear packed into a 27-foot truck.

Most interesting, though, was one of the show’s designers, Taniya Nayak, saying that the length of time it takes to redesign the restaurant is “not two days.” Instead, she said, “We get 24 hours all said and done,” since most of the first day is Robert inspecting the restaurant and unloading what’s already there. Screaming aside, that makes their transformations even more impressive.

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.