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A cast of all social media moguls for Amazing Race 28

The entire cast of CBS’ The Amazing Race 28 will be formed of teams of people from social media, such as YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and more. CBS will also live stream the start of the race on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. ET, the next logical step following increasingly public race starts. As desperate as it feels, …

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Here’s Netflix’s crazy murder reality series, filmed over 10 years

Netflix has announced its own 10-part series about long-running murder mystery: Making a Murderer, which debuts Dec. 18. The documentary reality series follows a case that unfolds over more than 30 years. While this follows HBO’s success with the thrilling but problematic documentary series The Jinx, the series itself was filmed over 10 years, starting with a 2005 newspaper article that …

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What Survivorman Les Stroud thinks of survival reality TV

There is no camera crew. There are no producers, no medics on standby. There is not hotel to go to at night. There is just one man in the middle of the wilderness, talking to cameras that he set up and operates. That is Survivorman, and its star, executive producer, and camera operator, Les Stroud, has been doing what …

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Why reality TV worked and what changed, according to West Wing’s executive producer

When those who work in scripted television offer thoughts about reality television, the appropriate reaction is often an eye roll. Those kinds of critiques tend to come from people who don’t really watch or work in the genre, but who still feel qualified to make gross generalizations that unfairly malign all shows because of sins of a few (or many!). But the executive …

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Will PBS air more Great British Baking Show? How popular is it?

The end of The Great British Baking Show‘s second season on PBS prompts the same kind of response that I have after eating a great cupcake, or cookie, or other baked treat: More please!  So will there be another season on PBS? There are four UK seasons that have yet to air in the United States. I asked PBS about …

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Please let this new Dana Carvey reality series be great

Master impressionist and former Saturday Night Live star Dana Carvey will mentor impressionists in a new competition reality series on USA. The show is called First Impressions and it will incorporate viewer votes into the competition between people doing celebrity impersonations. The half-hour “series will feature celebrity guests and Carvey himself will mentor contestants and participate in the game play,” …

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