Personal trainer Corey Lay is one of the singles looking for love in HBO Max’s holiday-themed dating show 12 Dates of Christmas. In this edition of The Confessional, he writes about his experience filming the dating reality show, and about trying to become the representation that he didn’t see on TV.
Essays and op-eds about reality shows and unscripted TV, written by reality TV producers, cast members, critics, and fans. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, read the guidelines.
In this edition of The Confessional, Victor Plank Harms, who’s worked behind the scenes on reality TV from Paradise Hotel Denmark to Impractical Jokers: After Party, writes about the differences and similarities between producing reality in Europe and the US.
In this edition of The Confessional, Marshal Knight writes about watching the HBO Max competition series Haute Dog and finding connection with its host, Matt Rogers.
In this edition of The Confessional, Dr. Logan Levkoff writes about the most-recent episode of The Bachelorette, and why Blake Moynes’s response to Clare’s decision is a “perspective that contributes to so many of our relationship and sexual challenges.”
In this edition of The Confessional, Rebecca Siegel considers how the groundbreaking new season of MTV’s Are You The One?’s was initially advertised: by focusing on sex, not identity.
In this edition of The Confessional, Aiyanna Maciel writes about her appreciation for Netflix’s The Final Table—and her disappointment with its outcome.
What does a reality TV story producer do? How do you find work in reality show post-production? In this edition of The Confessional, Eric Reynolds shares his story.
Life Below Zero’s showrunner on the challenges of filming the NatGeo series, from frozen cameras to peeing in a bucket.
In this Confessional, Dr. Danna Young writes about the life and death of her best friend.
A decade after Stephen Fishbach’s first Survivor season, Survivor Tocantins, concluded, the two-time player reflects on how that experience changed him.
Aaron Hayes writes about discovering two on-demand reality shows that made for great family viewing, and taught him something about humanity.
In this Confessional essay, Scott Hardie looks back at Survivor and argues that the show and game have lost their focus on what was the most-interesting part of earlier seasons.
Big Brother feed-watcher Hamsterwatch analyzes season six of Big Brother Canada, which she argues needs “some serious revamping,” in part because of how bad it is for feedsters.
In this edition of The Confessional, Dana Escamilla, the creator of the web site Taste of Reality, takes a deep dive into the places the cast of Keeping Up with the Kardashians has visited, and how the show has affected them.
Survivor NZ, New Zealand’s edition of the show, should be a model for CBS’ version, especially when it comes to immunity idols, C. Brian Devinney argues.