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MTV President Re: Buckwild Star Death: "We Can't Be All Redemption"
MTV's President suggests doing shows like "Buckwild" & "Jersey Shore" is just "Giving kids the truth." What he doesn't tell you is that "the truth" is mostly staged conflict, pre-planned by producers, sometimes even fueled by alcohol. Is this "the truth" about teen culture? Or MTV helping to create what kind of "teen culture" gets them ratings?
"Teen Mom" Star's New Sex Tape
Her excuse is "flaunt it while you've got it." What a message for teen girls - your self worth is only as good as your juicy young body. What's really going on is malignant narcissism being normalized.
More Tragic Deaths Puts French Reality TV 'Survivor' Under Scrutiny
In REALITY BOULEVARD, Ian Rand says matter-of-factly, "There are bound to be deaths in reality TV." But is it really worth it?
Buckwild Reality Star Tragic Death
Do we really "know" these reality stars? Or are they stereotypes created for the purposes of the show?
What Reality TV Teaches Teen Girls
TIME Magazine looks at the Girl Scout survey and other evidence that Reality TV has a profound impact on the way teenaged girls see the world, for sometimes for better but usually for the worse.
A Critical Guide to Reality TV
Texas Christian University's Comprehensive Reality TV Page
How Reality TV Fakes It
Time Magazine investigates some of the many ways that "reality TV" is the furthest thing from real.
5 Celebrity Rehab Deaths: Does Recovery Belong on Reality TV?
I have no doubt Dr. Drew means well, but Mindy McCready marks the fifth celebrity rehab death since the show premiered. Can fame addicts be helped with their other substance issues by on-air rehab - or does it become part of the problem?
Article on "Frankenbiting" from the Chicago Tribune
"Frankenbiting" - the art of editing together different words to make someone say something they didn't - is an everyday practice in much reality TV.
Washington Post: "Reality TV Attracts - Um - "Larger Than Life" Characters
Does Reality TV attract a certain type of narcissistic sociopath? Are we rewarding their selfish bordering on criminal behavior? Something to think about.
Editors on History Channel's "Swamp People" Walk Out
Unfair labor practices and anti-union pressures are another aspect of Reality TV that make it bad for Hollywood and bad for viewers.
About ABC's "The Bachelor"'s Race Discrimination Lawsuit
Jennifer L. Pozner and The Daily Beast examine the issues behind 16 seasons of all-white bachelors
"Shooting People: Adventures in Reality TV" by Sam Brenton & Reuben Cohen
A jaw-dropping historical account of the rise of Reality TV, in which the authors argue that reality TV programs are the perfect propaganda vehicle for an anti-political culture in which the personal narrative, the detritus of self-hood, has become the only story worth telling.
The Reality Principle: The Rise and Rise of a Television Genre
New Yorker article that looks at the criticism and critics of Reality TV
Salon Article on MTV's "Buckwild"
Reality TV Continues to Ridicule the Poor
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April 1, 2015
How does one blog about another artist's work without unintentionally causing hurt and damage?
I'd never thought about the question until a personal experience. When my husband John Gray and I released our indie feature WHITE IRISH DRINKERS in 2010, we received rave reviews from places like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and other major publications. We were an international “festival darling,” delighting and moving audiences all around the world. (more…)
March 7, 2015
Tags: Storytelling, Criticism, Writing, Writer's block, movies, film
Thank you, dear stranger, for visiting this obscure website! My analytics have been going through the roof lately but I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it’s because followers are responding positively to the Tweets & news items I share daily, about my personal passions: (more…)
August 6, 2013
Imagine this scenario – two ten year olds – a boy and a girl - are poised in anticipation on the edge of the family sofa, waiting for the first show of Shark Week to begin. This year’s first show does not disappoint. It’s a two-hour tour de force of ominous music, leading passive-tense graphics over black screen:
“They are thought to be extinct.
But there is evidence of Megalodon’s existence today.”
April 18, 2013
(Cross-posted from TheCelebrityCafe.com)
Like millions out there, you love your Reality TV. You can’t get enough of your botoxed & siliconed Real Housewives of wherever; of your orange-toned alcoholic New Jerseyans; your lipsticked Honey BooBoo and her dysfunctionally clueless mother. What’s the harm in that? We all deserve our guilty pleasures. Personally,my trashy TV habits fall into the LMN movie category. Being a writer myself, I tend to like my over-the-top, clichéd dialogue to be performed by real actors and scripted by professional writers who get credit and pay for their services. But I digress.
April 9, 2013
My organization “Girls Above Society”, helps teen girls face the tough pressures of today’s media-driven society. I immediately bought REALITY BOULEVARD and knew this was a must read. I really wanted to hear more about the inside workings of our crazy media driven society. As an actress and model, I’ve been on many film sets, but I’ve never experienced the reality TV world.
March 29, 2013
I’ve always been a fictional storyteller in my soul, even though I spent many years in the non-fiction world. While the object of non-fiction is to communicate the truth, I believe drama and fiction can create a deeper, broader more universal truth than can cold hard facts. Reality Boulevard is my first publishednovel (I wrote a novel in college but it’s what you might expect from a collegiate first novelist) and I’m very excited about the reactions I’ve been getting, both from new readers who know nothing at all about the behind-the-scenes Hollywood I depict in the novel and find it fascinating to learn about, to colleagues in “the business” who’ve lived first hand some of the things my characters experience.
February 20, 2013
A Case Study With A Happy Ending
A few months before my first novel Reality Boulevard was due to be released on eBook, I held my breath and phoned my friend and television mentor, the legendary (Oscar and 16-time Emmy winner) Arnold Shapiro.
“Arnold,” I said, picking nervously at my fingernails. “I’ve written a novel. And one of the characters is inspired by you."
“Uh oh,” was his response.
February 14, 2013
The following conversation, which takes place in my novel REALITY BOULEVARD between two 20-something cable network executives and the book's main character, veteran award-wining producer Marty Maltzman, reads like satire:
"Ken steepled his fingers and gazed thoughtfully up at the ceiling. 'Dwarves have done very well for us in primetime ... of course you can never go wrong with pimps, sluts, hoes and bitches.' He winked at Kevin. 'We don't mean that in any kind of racist or sexist context, of course...Anyway, our best night of the week is our Sunday primetime lineup. We call it - for lack of a better term - our 'freaks and losers' block.' "
The irony is, these statements are word-for-word recountings of meetings I've found myself in as a longtime producer of non-fiction television. I mean it. Those meetings really happened. (more…)
"...a book in the tradition of great Hollywood novels, from Carroll and Garrett Graham’s Queer People (1930) to Michael Tolkin’s The Player (1988), and reads like Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 Network screenplay retooled for the 21st century" - Ken Salikoff, Kirkus Indie Magazine
"In this smart, funny, insightful novel, reality TV becomes all too real...Peltier examines the Hollywood world of writers, producers, rich kids, actors, wannabes and con men with a keen and often compassionate eye. " - Kirkus Reviews
"Once I started reading "Reality Boulevard," I could not stop...this is the best satirical look behind-the-scenes of "reality television" ever written."
- Arnold Shapiro, Oscar & Emmy-winning Producer of Scared Straight; Rescue 911; Big Brother
“[Millan] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace.”
—Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
Over one million copies sold worldwide
“As complete a tome on the subject as one could want…If the answer you’re looking for in this guide cannot be found, the question is not worth asking...this is an impressive piece of work.” - Bookviews, June 2011