The documentary filmmaker behind The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War is making his own Making a Murderer for Netflix: a six-episode true-crime series.
Archives for January 2016
The new year brought with it cold air, resolutions, and weight loss reality shows. Yes, they’re back, though they never really went away, like diets and hope. Each of the three shows I’ve reviewed here—one old, two brand-new—illustrate the challenges of losing weight, mostly in the form of working out. Emotions are packaged neatly into quick… continue reading
NBC has announced the 16 people competing on The Celebrity Apprentice 8, and also announced the pool of people who will serve as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s advisers. They also released some general details about the season’s location and challenges.
With the official announcement of The Celebrity Apprentice’s cast apparently coming tomorrow, there’s news of a high-profile addition to the show: Tyra Banks, who won’t be a contestant, but instead will serve as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s adviser, in the George/Carolyn/Ivanka/Donald Jr. role.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Celebrity Apprentice starts filming Monday in Los Angeles, and the cast will likely be announced Friday morning on The Today Show.
Almost 10 years after filming season 14 in Fiji, Survivor will return to the country for seasons 33 and 34, though not to the exact same location.
Despite HGTV’s House Hunters being revealed as being largely fake, the show is more popular than ever.
These facts about it may truly blow your mind.
American Ninja Warrior co-host Matt Iseman talks about the new Esquire spin-off Team Ninja Warrior, and explains the surprising origin of his enthusiasm.
Here are reality show stars’ public endorsements of presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.
Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den star Kevin O’Leary, who calls himself Mr. Wonderful, is considering running for political office in Canada—and says he was inspired by former Apprentice star Donald Trump’s campaign for president of the United States.
Over the past few weeks, TV networks have announced several new unscripted shows, many of which were announced at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.
Of those announcements, four new reality shows caught my eye as ones that sound intriguing—in both good and bad ways. They range from a network series that’s knocking off an MTV series, to a show with challenges hosted by a genius theoretical physicist.
Oh no, I thought. Bravo is ripping off Cutthroat Kitchen, really? That, I admit, was my first reaction to the announcement of Bravo’s Recipe for Deception, which debuts tonight at 10 p.m. I love cooking competitions, but I was not eager to see another dumbed-down show that screws with people instead of just letting them cook. And Bravo advertising the show with “from the producers of Cutthroat Kitchen” just seemed to confirm that this was exactly their goal: targeting Food Network viewers.
Recipe for Deception is not, however, dumbed-down. If anything, it’s the opposite.
Here’s the cast and how CBS identifies them, followed by a video introduction more worth of Big Brother, and not just because there’s actually a former Big Brother cast member on the show.
Hoarders is now back on A&E, helping hoarders and their families deal with crises, and setting up families with aftercare to help treat the person affected by hoarding disorder. There are other shows, but Hoarders does it right: They not only send an organizer and a clean-up crew, but also a mental health professional, and provide funding for therapy and help after the cameras leave.
While I am a fan of both the television show and its work, I’m not the show’s production company, Screaming Flea Productions. Alas, I often receive e-mail from people telling me their story and asking for help, as they confuse me with the show.
Here’s how to apply.
At the top of every page on reality blurred, there’s now an icon that takes you to the most recent reality TV show debut schedules. Looking at the list of shows debuting this winter, and scrolling down to Jan. 19, you’ll see eight shows that debut tonight—never mind the shows that are already airing.
I’ll have longer stories on these two shows, including interviews with Jillian Michaels and Matt Iseman, coming soon. But for now, here’s what I recommend checking out; I enjoyed the first episodes of both these series.
It was in a diner in New York City’s West Village that the Discovery Channel’s first true-crime, real-time reality series Killing Fields took form. Actually, it was multiple diners, and the people sitting across the table from each other were an Emmy-winning writer of Homicide: Life on the Street and an executive producer of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Matt Weiner, the Sopranos writer turned Mad Men creator and showrunner, admits that he “would find it a tremendous challenge” to produce an unscripted show, and analyzes the scripted world’s perception of reality TV.
All of that is in part one of his appearance on The Jay and Tony Show Show podcast, which Weiner taped last Monday. The conversation about reality television starts about 37 minutes in, though the rest is interesting, too, especially for fans of AMC’s Mad Men.
Adam Driver hosted Saturday Night Live yesterday, and took his Star Wars character, Kylo Ren, onto a CBS reality series: Undercover Boss.
Happy weekend, reality blurred readers and friends. I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend if you’re not working, and if you are, I hope you’ll have some time for yourself coming soon.
A few unrelated things you might want to know about:
Fox has not yet decided whether or not to bring So You Think You Can Dance back, but its executives, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, said this morning they hope to have season 13 on Fox this summer.