Michael Carbonaro talks about production and editing of The Carbonoaro Effect, on which unsuspecting members of the public see him do magic tricks.
Two years ago, truTV warmed the holidays with Santas in the Barn, a good-natured, witty, joyous Christmas-themed competition that kept the spirit of goofy, fun competition series alive after King of the Nerds was unceremoniously cancelled earlier that year.
But what happened to it? Why wasn’t there a Santas in the Barn season two?
I asked truTV President Chris Linn
The double episodes of Survivor delivered surprises on Wednesday, and Project Runway‘s reunion last night gave the cast a chance to challenge Claire on her cheating-scandal backtracking, but what I most loved watching this week was Amy Sedaris’ holiday special, which debuted Tuesday. At Home with Amy Sedaris (truTV, Tuesdays at 10:30 and on demand) is my favorite new… continue reading
South Beach Tow’s Bernice has been hired as Miami Jackson High School in south Florida, becoming the state’s first female football team head coach. Her assistant coach, and this is real, is 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell, who had a VH1 reality show, Luke’s Parental Advisory.
The cancellation of TBS’ King of the Nerds is one of the low points in reality TV this year, but December has brought an unexpected gift: truTV’s joyous competition Santas in the Barn. It rekindles the spirit of King of the Nerds, and shares some of the same producers and all of the frivolity and attention to detail.
I did not watch all eight episodes of Fake Off, but I watched most of them, and I still have no idea what a “fake” is. But I’m pretty sure the judges and competitors had no idea, either. A lot of these performances would have been terrific on America’s Got Talent, whose judges know how to give feedback… continue reading
That some truTV shows are not reality TV but scripted nonsense is no surprise to anyone who has watched them or has heard what the network’s executives think about the reality of their programs. But the network has actually admitted that the Jennifer Lopez-produced show South Beach Tow stages scenes–after the production of one of… continue reading
When Court TV rebranded itself as truTV, the network said it would focus on shows that are “not reality” but “actuality.” That could have meant the network was going to order shows that followed “actual” people and events rather than soft-scripted, heavily orchestrated reality shows. Instead, they use the word “actuality” because “bullshit” wouldn’t work… continue reading
A Zoo Productions camera crew producing a show for truTV filmed the death of a 23-year-old gay porn star who died after choking on a baggie of marijuana he swallowed after being arrested early Friday, and a local news station has that video on its web site. Andrew Grande fled from Bay County Sheriff’s deputies… continue reading
At 8 p.m. ET, truTV debuts Ski Patrol with two back-to-back half-hour episodes. It follows teams of ski patrols at Crystal Mountain in Washington and Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania. The network’s description of the first episode illustrates its focus: “a young man faces paralysis after taking a ski pole to the chin while attempting a… continue reading
There’s something of a torrential downpour of reality shows debuting tonight, and a genuine flood of them at 10. Forgive the metaphor, as tropical storm Fay is still sitting her ass on top of us here in Central Florida, and there’s little else going on except rain and wind and more rain, although at least… continue reading
With Discovery’s Deadliest Catch and History’s Ice Road Truckers, producer Thom Beers has defined a new subgenre of reality TV, one that’s perhaps more real than any other subgenre. Essentially, he just points (HD) cameras at people in their natural contexts and then edits the results into enraging narratives. It’s worked so well that other… continue reading