Reality TV director killed in home invasion

James Marcus Howe, who IMDB says worked as an assistant director on America’s Next Top Model, American Ninja Warrior, Cake Boss, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila, and other shows, was shot and killed during a home invasion last Wednesday in an apparently random act. His wife was shot but survived; they have a 6-year-old son who was not injured.

The Los Angeles Times reported that “he and his wife answered the door for what they thought was a lone salesman” and “another man and a woman forced their way inside,” and “an ensuing altercation quickly escalated, one of the men pulled out a handgun.”

LAPD Deputy Chief Jose Perez told the paper that “The victims were completely innocent. There is nothing to connect them with the assailants.”

KTLA reports that the suspects are “a black male between the ages of 16 and 22″; “a black man between the ages of 20 and 25,” who was the shooter”; and “a black woman”; “detectives were also searching for an early 2000 model Ford Mustang, dark in color, that was believed to have been used in the crime.”

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.