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Archives for February 2017
A long overdue award has been added to the Emmys by the Television Academy: casting for reality shows and competition series.
Seven new reality TV shows debut this week, and several unscripted and documentary TV specials will air, including HBO’s broadcast of Tickled.
ESPN’s five-part documentary series O.J.: Made in America won the Oscar for best documentary feature during the 89th Academy Awards.
Netflix’s first reality competition series, Ultimate Beastmaster, arrived today. While it owes a lot to NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, it turns out that the genius part of the show’s business strategy turns out to be its best creative move, too. The draw here is not Sylvester Stallone, who appears in the trailer and the introduction, monotoning his way through some scripted lines before evaporating, but rather… continue reading
Inside this reality check round-up: in-depth stories about Anthony Bourdain, Anna Nicole Smith, and Rachel Lindsay, plus links to news about reality TV.
Stranded with a Million Dollars contestant Alex Apple writes about episode one, “Game of Drones,” including his strategy and survival in a rainy shelter.
Hunted team David and Emiley revealed several of the show’s rules on a radio show this morning—including one ridiculous rule that benefits the production.
Survivor host and showrunner Jeff Probst reveals the behind-the-scenes conflict over the casting of Survivor Game Changers.
An interview with Rich and Marty Lagina, the stars of History’s The Curse of Oak Island, who talk about the show’s editing and their search for treasure.
The new survival competition Stranded with a Million Dollars is much more than just another drunken MTV competition or survival show knock-off. It’s great.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise tells the full story of Maya Angelou’s life, and it was a life that included a lot more than her memorable writing.
The seventh Big Cat Week starts on NatGeo WILD tonight, and I talked to Boone Smith about the role cuteness plays in its conservation efforts.
Stranded with a Million Dollars and The Pop Game are among six reality shows debuting this week, along with a special about parents, kids, and police.
A decade later, Planet Earth returns with its seven-episode sequel this Sunday, when its premiere airs on BBC America, AMC, and Sundance.
Tim Gunn agrees: Project Runway Junior is the best Project Runway. And its second season—which began its conclusion last night on Lifetime—hasn’t changed that at all. This is a talent competition that is everything a talent competition should be: challenging, joyful, emotional, and all together wonderful, a celebration of art and struggle. From Tim Gunn to the edit, the contestants are treated… continue reading
After two seasons with just two judges, MasterChef has poached a chef from Chopped to be its third judge alongside Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi.
A person who appeared on CBS’ Hunted reveals key details about how the show works—and Channel 4’s version of Hunted also offers insight.
The Independent Lens documentary Tower tells the stories of the victims, survivors, and first responders of the 1966 UT Austin school shooting.
Preview the magic that is Apple’s Planet of the Apps, a Shark Tank-like show that has an amazing set design and an unfamiliar structure (just kidding).