In this edition of The Confessional, Aiyanna Maciel writes about her appreciation for Netflix’s The Final Table—and her disappointment with its outcome.
Essays and op-eds about reality shows and unscripted TV, written by reality TV producers, cast members, critics, and/or fans. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, read the guidelines.
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.
A fan of both CBS’ version of Big Brother and Big Brother Canada argues why Canadians are doing a better job with their version.
In this issue of The Confessional, Clayton Spivey argues that the path to a black Bachelor star may be through Bachelor in Paradise.
Was it appropriate to have the Big Brother 18 houseguests pose nude? Was the photo even real? Charlie Jenkins examines a photo released by CBS.
Tyler Lyons reports from the Big Brother 18 premiere party, and makes the case for why BB houseguests have a different relationship with their fans.
Justin Walter writes about his father’s behind-the-scenes experiences on The Price is Right’s Survivor special, and his family’s shared love for the show.