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Texas Bans Reality TV Crews From Riding With Police

If reality cop shows ever make a comeback, they’ll have to do so outside of Texas. The state’s governor, Greg Abbott, on Wednesday signed a bill that would bar law enforcement agencies in…

Critics’ Conversation: The Exhilarating Stupidity of Netflix’s ‘The Circle’

Two THR critics delve into 'The Circle,' analyzing just what makes this Netflix reality TV show so brilliantly stupid, trashily satisfying and surprisingly moving.

WarnerMedia Names Dutch Exec Annelies Sitvast Head of HBO Max Unscripted for Europe, Middle East, Africa

Sitvast, who joins WarnerMedia from Dutch channel Net 5, will commission non-scripted and reality shows for WarnerMedia's HBO Max as it prepares to launch across Europe.

MIPTV: Nonscripted Shows Heating Up the Digital Market

A look at the top reality TV formats at the 2021 digital MIPTV market aiming to be the next big thing in non-scripted entertainment. "Buyers are very open to the crazy idea, nothing is too crazy…

MIPTV: David Beckham Talks Soccer, Disney+ and His No. 1 Career Moment 

The soccer star spoke of his legacy as a professional athlete and his future as a television producer in a free-ranging and highly personal keynote address for digital MIPTV.

MIPTV: Love, Dogs and Lockdown – the Reality Trends Driving the Global TV Market

Viewer response to COVID-19 has led to a shift in reality TV, with more warm and fuzzy formats hitting the global market at digital MIPTV this year, sparking trends that will continue to shape…

Menudo Plots Its Return — as a Reality Competition TV Series

Universal Television Alternative Studio is ready to create the next version of the iconic boy band Menudo. The studio, fronted by Toby Gorman, has acquired the rights to Menudo, an hourlong…

‘Tiger King,’ ‘Love Is Blind’ Signal Reality Is “Next Battleground” for Streamers, Report Finds

'Tiger King' and 'Love is Blind' signal a new digital reality TV boom, with research showing unscripted series are one of the most commissioned genres among streaming platforms.

Reality TV’s Story Producers Face Decreasing Wages, Tougher Working Conditions

As declining ratings crunch budgets, unscripted writing talents continue to put in some of the small screen's most punishing hours and decreasing wages.

‘Lego Masters’ Competition Series Produced by Brad Pitt a Go at Fox (Exclusive)

Fox has handed out a series order for the reality competition series 'Lego Masters,' based on the successful format of the same name and produced by Endemol Shine North America and Brad Pitt's Plan B.

‘Tidying Up’ Is the Latest Example of Reality TV’s Push for Positivity

From 'Tidying Up With Marie Kondo' and 'Queer Eye' to 'The Great British Baking Show' and more, the reality genre is shifting from humanity's shortcomings to more introspection.