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The Confessional

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.

12 Dates of Christmas’s Corey on being himself, and the Black gay role model he never had

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.

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From Paradise Hotel in Denmark to Impractical Jokers in the US: a producer reflects on reality TV

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.

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