How Capture created its own game system, network

One of the questions I had about production of The CW’s Capture–how exactly the tracking and game technology works, especially the screens on the contestants’ wrists–has been answered by an informative, behind-the-scenes feature.

In it, the show’s game technology producer, Matt Lewis, says “the technology you see in the show wasn’t fake for TV, it was all real.” He talks about the wireless network they created in the wilderness (where there was no power) and the technology the players wear, including their wrist screen/phone (a “customized Android device”) that connects them to the producers via software they created.

That’s visible in the video below, as are other behind-the-scenes things, like wireless routers strapped to trees and makeshift cell phone towers.

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.