The Reality TV Awards are in their fourth year of recognizing reality TV stars and shows. Their producers explain how they work and respond to criticism.
My new story for the Los Angeles Times explores how fear is hurting reality television, preventing risk-taking and great ideas from making it to our TVs.
The Emmy for best reality competition program went to The Voice again. Mark Burnett—the target of joking criticism from Jimmy Kimmel—accepted and stumbled.
The winners of reality TV-related Emmy Awards will nearly all be ignored Sunday night, during the big telecast on ABC. It’s time to change that.
A full list of the Emmy-winning reality TV and nonfiction television show winners, who were announced during the Creative Arts Emmy awards.
The Netflix series Making a Murderer has won the Television Critics Association award for outstanding achievement in reality television. Among the shows it beat were E!’s I Am Cait, PBS’ broadcast of The Great British Baking Show, and CBS’ Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. Making a Murderer directors and producers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos accepted the award. Demos spoke and started by acknowledging “the incredible other nominees… continue reading
The Television Academy announced nominees for the 68th annual Emmy Awards, and in the reality TV categories, there were new shows and new people nominated.
Unscripted, reality, and game shows—never mind the Olympics—are absolutely dominating in the ratings so far this summer.
Nominations for the 2016 TCA Awards, presented by the Television Critics Association, have been announced, and include eight nominations for reality shows.
Emmy nomination voting began yesterday, and as part of that process, the Television Academy has released its nominating ballots, showing all of the people and television shows eligible for nominations, in addition to technical categories, such as cinematography, directing, and editing. The lists below represent the unscripted shows and hosts who are eligible to be nominated… continue reading
Ratings for the 2015-2016 television season are in, and among the 100 most-popular shows across all of broadcast and cable are 22 reality shows.
Here’s the full list, and also a list of the most-popular shows among all viewers, not just those 18 to 49.
The prime-time broadcast networks fall 2016 schedules include fewer reality series than they did last fall, and all are returning reality shows.
A rundown of the reality TV announced during ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC’s upfronts.
An interview with SallyAnn Salsano, executive producer of Jersey Shore, Party Down South, and the new Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition.
Survivor wasn’t the first reality show, but the number of reality shows have grown exponentially since it broke through and proved the ratings power of unscripted TV. But how many reality shows are there?
The Amazing Race 28 is getting an early air date, relative to its typical spring schedule, while the Survivor 32 premiere will be at the usual time. And CBS’ other non-summer reality series, Undercover Boss, will air over the holidays and swap time periods.
In reality television, casting is everything. Yes, there must be a solid format, and the edit must tell a good story. But in a genre that has real people as its characters and derives its drama from their honest reactions, finding a cast is critically important—and challenging. Casting directors/producers take on the bulk of that work, and among their many, many… continue reading
There is no camera crew. There are no producers, no medics on standby. There is not hotel to go to at night. There is just one man in the middle of the wilderness, talking to cameras that he set up and operates. That is Survivorman, and its star, executive producer, and camera operator, Les Stroud, has been doing what… continue reading
How old are the people who watch reality TV shows? The answers are below. Earlier this summer, FX released data on all the ratings of all television shows that aired from Jan. 1 to May 17. They were ranked according to their 18-49 ratings, the most desirable demographic because younger viewers are presumed to be… continue reading
The day before its ninth season premiere, The Voice won its second Emmy, meaning The Amazing Race did not win its 11th Emmy. The outstanding reality competition Emmy was the only unscripted category presented at the prime-time Emmy telecast, because Hollywood fails to see a significant portion of television as deserving of its time (and, yes,… continue reading
The Creative Arts Emmys were held last night, and the results were just about as predictable as the nominees. Shark Tank, Deadliest Catch, Anthony Bourdain, and Jane Lynch all won Emmys, just like they did last year. Although the winners are mostly strong programs, they also represent sameness: Anthony Bourdain, Jane Lynch, Deadliest Catch, again,… continue reading