Discussing the reality of reality TV on the Reality of Reality podcast

I was honored to be a guest on The Reality of Reality podcast, and had a great conversation with Aliza Rosen, a development executive and reality TV producer who interviews people who are involved with reality television.

It’s a podcast I’ve been a fan of since discovering it early last fall—it’s a great resource for anyone interested in the business of unscripted television.

Donald Trump, president and reality TV producer?

News that Donald Trump would retain a producing credit on The Celebrity Apprentice—and retains his stake in the show—broke late this week, just as NBC was promoting the new season, which starts in early January.

  • The Washington Post interviewed me about what the “executive producer” title means in reality TV. (Answer: there are many, many different possibilities.)
  • APM’s Marketplace Morning Report interviewed me Friday morning about whether or not this will help the show, and/or represents a conflict of interest for Trump.
  • I wrote about this on reality blurred, suggesting that both the conflict of interest—and the new person NBC cast—are two strikes against the show, which should not air.

Lifetime’s UnReal may have been a one-season wonder

One of my favorite scripted shows last year was Lifetime’s UnReal, which used the setting of a Bachelor-like show to satirize reality television and tell soapy stories starring two strong female protagonists.

When it returned for a second season, the show had lots its way, and the first season seemed like a distant memory. I wrote about that, and my review was cited in a Variety Q&A with UnReal’s creators.

Read the story, and let me know what you think, of my take and season two:


When producers and a journalist talk

One of the highlights of my 17 days in Los Angeles—where I was attending and reporting from the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour—was being a guest on a reality TV production company’s podcast. We talked about this crazy and amazing genre of television, and also about my past criticism of one of their shows. Altogether, a great conversation.

Afterwards, I interviewed them about their podcast, which I’d been a fan of long before they invited me on as a guest. Listen on any podcast app (it’s episode #48 of The Jay and Tony Show Show) or at the end of my story.

SPJ Sunshine State Awards

I’m a finalist for an SPJ award

I’m thrilled to be a finalist for a Society for Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Award in the long form blog writing category for my work on reality blurred.

I’m also the only finalist in the category, so if I lose to myself, that’ll be awkward.

My writing was previously recognized by the Florida Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists when it won the award for magazine feature reporting, so I’m very grateful to have my work selected for recognition again.