ABC hires former E! president as its reality exec

Less than a week after firing John Saade as its executive in charge of reality TV, ABC announced tonight that Lisa Berger, E!’s former president, will be its new Executive Vice President at ABC for Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night. She “will oversee all development activities and current primetime programming in the alternative, specials and late-night areas,” according to a press release.

As ABC’s announcement points out, “Berger developed and managed hit series” at E!, and those include Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kendra, Dr. 90210, The Girls Next Door, Chelsea Lately, and The Soup.

Hit series, but not exactly high-quality series. Earlier, though, at MTV, she developed Road Rules, and at Fox Television Studios Production, helped bring The Shield to FX. So she clearly has a wide-ranging resume and it’ll be interesting to see what she brings to ABC.

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.