TCA reality nominees: Glee Project, Shark Tank, Survivor, Voice, and, ugh, Amazing Race

The Television Critics Association’s third award for outstanding achievement in reality programming will go to one of the following shows:

  • The Amazing Race
  • The Glee Project
  • Shark Tank
  • Survivor
  • The Voice

Because three of the five nominees are shows I suggested should be nominated, I am moderately happy, though of course I have already spent a few minutes banging my well-banged head against a table because of Amazing Race‘s inclusion yet again.

And if Survivor wins, which it probably will not, it will be a minor tragedy since the show, not the truly awesome fall season, was nominated, meaning that it technically includes this spring’s disaster.

And, to be honest, it’s kind of depressing we’re selecting such a high percentage of broadcast shows when cable has so much to offer, but perhaps less visibility. Actually, I’m torn as to which show to vote for in part because of that; right now, I’m between Shark Tank and The Glee Project. Both high-quality, entertaining shows, but very different budgets, visibility, and purpose. But both would be deserving winners.

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.