Lawmakers passed a bill named for Javier Ambler II, who died in 2019 after officers arrested him in front of a Live PD television crew. If the governor signs it, this would mean the end of police cooperation with reality TV shows.
Story producers, most of whom are freelancers without union protections, are leaned on for many of the unheralded editing tasks on unscripted formats — an increasingly unsustainable setup.
Docuseries are television’s latest prestige offering, but they’re not so different from their trashier predecessors.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Before “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “American Ninja Warrior,” there was MTV’s “The Challenge.” It’s often brought big ratings and memorable moments for the network, but longtime host T.J. Lavin doesn’t believe the show gets the respect it deserves. “I definitely think it’s probably the most underrated show on television,” said […]
As people binge on documentaries during the pandemic, filmmakers are seeking help. The Writers Guild of America, East, is petitioning studios for relief.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former cast member of the reality TV series “Bad Girls Club” was sentenced to a year in prison for stealing the debit card information of a man found dead from a drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment the morning after hiring her as a prostitute in 2017. Shannade Clermont — […]
The volume of scripted TV may be at an all-time high, but you’d never know it from the Big Four’s summer schedules, with 11 new reality shows set to debut this summer — up from four last year. That reverses a trend launched by CBS’ scripted summer hit Under the Dome in 2013.
From the producers behind A&E’s Scientology breakout to TV’s new favorite host, THR‘s annual list hones its gaze on the forces who made the biggest impact in an ever-shifting landscape as they dish on their dream docuseries and what they would title a series about Trump’s first 100 days.
Streaming-video viewing of reality television programming is on the rise, according to a new study by 7Park Data. The firm’s newest study of OTT viewership found that reality TV viewing is up 10.3% from one year ago on Hulu and up 28.3% on Netflix — making reality one of the biggest growth genres for the two services.
Three days after the first reality TV president was sworn into office, hundreds of reality TV producers swarmed into Washington for the RealScreen Summit, an annual conference for nonfiction programmers. President Trump, the former Apprentice star, was a popular conversation topic. The phrase “the next four years” repeatedly came up as experts pondered the impact Trump’s victory could have on reality TV.
With Hunted from CBS and Ultimate Beastmaster from Netflix, the outlets are trying something new in a sleepy genre.
Fourteen years ago, the world was introduced to an unfamiliar host on a new reality show: Ryan Seacrest on American Idol. Today, American Idol has sung its last tune and Seacrest is a global phenomenon. But in 2016, would he have even gotten his shot at fame? In the highly competitive era of peak TV, the Big Four are taking fewer risks on unknown talent when it comes to unscripted programming, placing all their bets on A-listers.
Despite being written off as over and done several years ago, reality shows are experiencing a remarkable resurgence. Seven of the top 12 TV shows this season are unscripted.
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James will co-produce and appear in a reality TV series called “Cleveland Hustles.” James and his close friend and business partner, Maverick Carter, are producing the series that will debut this summer on CNBC. James also will make some cameo appearances. On the show, James and Carter will give four aspiring […]
Although shows such as NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Dancing With the Stars can still draw sizable audiences, the once-formidable genre has waned. Cris Abrego isn’t worried. The former CEO of 51 Minds, a production company specializing in reality TV productions, was recently tapped as co-chairman and co-chief executive of Endemol Shine North America. He talks about the state of reality TV industry.
The chopper was one of two helicopters filming A Haunting for Destination America when a gust of wind spun the aircraft out of control Saturday in Grimes County, Texas. Two men were injured.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City hospitals will no longer allow the filming of reality TV in their wards without prior written consent. According to the New York Post, the Greater New York Hospital Association said in a statement that the ban “effectively puts an end to `reality TV’ in New York’s emergency rooms.” […]
Just a few years ago, underemployed TV writers were complaining that reality programming was taking over their industry. Now the scribes are having their revenge: Unscripted programming is mired in an unexpected slump. And what’s worse, no new hits are taking their place.
Breaking Greenville, is an eight-episode “character-driven docu-soap” scheduled to debut in December on Turner’s TruTV. It follows the people reporting and producing the news at co-owned ABC affiliate WABG and CBS affiliate WXVT in the country’s 190th market, Greenville, Miss. While some observers are critical of the concept, producer Adam Paul says: “These are real people who value their jobs and go after them, and care about the people they’re serving.”
Behind every Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo, there’s the person who originally thought they could be a star.