The Challenge cast member and personal trainer Corey Lay was 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.