NFL will force teams to appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks

HBO’s outstanding documentary series Hard Knocks is the best real-time summer reality series but has struggled to get teams to agree to be followed by its cameras.

The NFL passed a rule today that will require teams to participate if there no team volunteers to be followed by NFL Films for the series. Teams that have already been appeared on the show, have new coaches, or have made the playoffs twice in a row are excluded. reports that “is a tacit acknowledgment from the NFL that the show’s range and power are an invaluable asset to professional football, regardless of any perceived invasion of privacy.”

While this is good news for the continuation of high-quality reality television, forcing people to appear on a series is disturbing, though not as disturbing as, say, covering up the effects of the sport on its players’ brains.

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.