An story producer who works on Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team writes about learning about the show; what’s helped it endure; and how production differed this year, its 15th season.
Lindsey Vonn hosts Amazon’s reality competition The Pack, which sends dogs and their humans around the world, competing in challenges and ultimately for $750,000.
Rainn Wilson narrates six quick trips into small competitions that take place around the world, profiling passionate and skilled people competing to be champions.
Food Network’s Candy Land, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth, is only interested in borrowing the board game as a support, over which its producers have thrown the tasteless and overused piece of fondant that is the Food Network “Wars” franchise.
The early 2000s-era shows on Travel Channel have disappeared, replaced by shows ghost hunting and the paranormal. But six former shows, including two of Anthony Bourdain’s series, and one of Samantha Brown’s shows, are available to stream free.
CBS has committed to diversifying its reality show casts: they’ll cast 50 percent BIPOC starting next year. But their promises about the people who actually cast and make reality TV are less specific.
ABC is bringing back The Chase, the UK game show that aired four seasons on GSN in the United States, and the Jeopardy! GOAT champions will rotate in the role as The Chaser.
The two NXIVM documentary reality series—HBO’s The Vow and Starz’s Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult—are being pitted against each other, but they offer completely different kinds of insight.
Netflix’s new reality show Deaf U follows students at Gallaudet University is immediately and instantly charming.
Luke Wilson acts as hard as he can while hosting ABC’s Emergency Call from what appears to be an escape room. The show also uses actors to portray people calling 911, and misses an opportunity to really focus on dispatchers.
Jane Lynch is the host of a reboot of the 2001 game show where contestants vote each other off between each round.
Both HBO’s The Vow and Showtime’s Love Fraud take us along in real time, and we meet people who talk about how they were defrauded and/or dehumanized—by NXIVM and Richard Scott Smith, respectively.
Within one week, Netflix and Fox premiered similar shows—so similar, they even shared a contestant. But both have unnecessarily filler crowding out some really fun parts.
Netflix’s new barbecue cooking competition The American Barbecue Showdown covers well-worn territory, but it does so well—especially with its terrific cast, including judge Melissa Cookston.
Netflix’s Get Organized with The Home Edit is the spiritual opposite of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which was all about paring things down. The Home Edit is about buying more, and then arranging it to look Instagram perfect.