The Hotel Inspector, a long-running British reality TV show starring Ruth Watson and Alex Polizzi, is now streaming free in the United States. Highly recommended!
I’ve always been a fan of Legendary’s artistry, but the show, especially in season one, was a wreck. Now, in its third season, it’s really focused on what matters most: its houses, their performers, and their performances.
Life Below Zero’s executive producer knows that his show suffers from the same thing as many reality TV shows: the music drowns out the dialogue. So what causes that? He has a theory.
PBS’s first cooking show could have been its signature reality competition. Alas, it’s bland, lacking acid and heat—and has no real identity.
CBS announced its fall schedule today, and that includes news about when we’ll see Survivor 43, Amazing Race 34, and The Real Love Boat—and when Big Brother 24 concludes.
An indigenous person hired to work on Life Below Zero: First Alaskans as a story producer talked to me about the show’s diversity and inclusion efforts, as did the show’s showrunner. LBZ:FA is currently filming season two.
How is American Ninja Warrior edited? Why are obstacles fancier in season 14? And more behind-the-scenes details
American Ninja Warrior season 14 showrunner Anthony Storm answers my questions about how editors decide who to focus on, the success/fail rate for obstacles, and much more. He also teases a first-time “end result” this season.
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