Upcoming Book Signings / Events


In these final months before the August 1 release of the book, I’m still hard at work lining up book signings and speaking engagements in the Los Angeles area and beyond. If your favorite film/tv bookseller, media college or professional organization is interested in having me pop by and share some knowledge gained in theContinue reading “Upcoming Book Signings / Events”

Reality Pro Tip: Hot Sheets, Revisited


In Reality TV as well as in this past entry, I discuss “hot sheets,” the daily writeups from the field that summarize the action from each day for the benefit of those who weren’t on location or set to witness it. Hot sheets are usually distributed to execs inside the production company, and (in someContinue reading “Reality Pro Tip: Hot Sheets, Revisited”

Want to Be on a Reality TV Show? Get Real About Expectations.


You’ve seen the interviews in the press for just about as long as reality television has been around. Past and current cast members of docuseries, reality competition shows, and every other strain of the genre complain about how they were edited to appear a certain way, made to say things they didn’t say, or wereContinue reading “Want to Be on a Reality TV Show? Get Real About Expectations.”

Two Guys Walk Into A Bar. So My Friend and I Just Walked Into A Bar.


There’s a phenomenon unique to reality television that drives me completely nuts: interview-bite-supported superfluous setups. You know what I mean. A scene starts off with two guys, Paul and Petey, walking into a bar as Paul says, in interview, “So I decided Petey and I should go down to the bar and settle our differences.”Continue reading “Two Guys Walk Into A Bar. So My Friend and I Just Walked Into A Bar.”

How the Book Got Its Title; New Bookseller Links


Every book starts with a title. Sometimes they end with a new one. When I first proposed Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market to the nice folks at Michael Wiese Productions, I did so with the title Imitation of Life: An Insider’s Guide to Reality Television. It seemed catchy, and played upContinue reading “How the Book Got Its Title; New Bookseller Links”

Newbie Tip: How to Make A Million Dollars from a One-Sentence Idea Written on a Napkin


Warning: If you prefer the genial, let’s-enjoy-this, happy go-lucky me, you might want to skip this entry. I don’t mean to get all Josh Olson on anyone here, but I am very close to taking a cue from his now-infamous “I Will Not Read Your F*cking Script” piece published in The Village Voice and adaptingContinue reading “Newbie Tip: How to Make A Million Dollars from a One-Sentence Idea Written on a Napkin”

The Celebrity-Driven Reality Myth: It’s the Stories, Stupid


A friend sent me a note this morning about a c-list celebrity we know whose potential reality project has finally stalled out. I wasn’t surprised. The entire sales point of the program was that it would be about the day to day life of this woman who didn’t, in truth, have much going on otherContinue reading “The Celebrity-Driven Reality Myth: It’s the Stories, Stupid”

Free Stuff: “Reality TV” Bumper Stickers


As you might know, my book, Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to Television’s Hottest Market, is being published in Summer 2011 through Michael Wiese Productions, the world’s number one publisher of books on screenwriting and filmmaking. In the meanwhile, I’m offering free high-quality 3″ x 10″ promo stickers for the book while they last… newContinue reading “Free Stuff: “Reality TV” Bumper Stickers”