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Netflix Denies Serious Injury as ‘Squid Game’ Reality Series Players Compete in Sub-Zero Temperatures

Netflix has defended freezing cold conditions on an outdoor U.K. set where its real-life Squid Game unscripted series saw contestants sustain injuries while competing as winter temperatures plunged below zero. On Wednesday, the streamer and its co-producers pushed back on claims in The Sun tabloid newspaper that players had been severely injured during production on […]

“We Haven’t Really Had a Breakout”: Top Unscripted TV Execs on Controversies, Trends and the Next Big Bets

As questions abound regarding the future of reality television at the start of the new year, it’s a good time to turn to the individuals behind some of the genre’s biggest success stories for answers. Walt Disney Television executive vp of unscripted and alternative Rob Mills, NBCUniversal senior vp of unscripted current production Kathleen French, […]

Taye Diggs-Hosted Reality Dating Series ‘Back in the Groove’ Set at Hulu

Taye Diggs has been tapped to help three women get their groove back. Reality competition series Back in the Groove has been set for an eight-episode season at Hulu, with Diggs as host. The title and premise, going by the description provided by the streamer, is a play on Diggs’ classic 1998 movie How Stella […]

‘Survivor’ U.K. Reboot Set for BBC

Reality hit show Survivor, “one of the world’s most successful TV formats,” is set for a British reboot on the BBC, the public broadcaster said Monday. “A new U.K. adaption of the entertainment phenomenon has been commissioned by BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Banijay U.K. company Remarkable Entertainment, run by leading entertainment producers Natalka […]

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Winner Willow Pill on Historic Win: “This Is My Future and Reign, and It Goes How I Want It to Go”

Willow Pill made history this year when she won season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, becoming the first disabled or chronically ill person (she’s diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder cystinosis) to take home the crown, as well as the first trans non-All Stars winner, having come out during her run on the show. Fans […]

Sony Plans Major Unscripted Content Expansion With $350M Deal for Industrial Media

Sony Pictures Television is making a strategic push into unscripted content, buying a majority stake in Industrial Media that values the company at $350 million. Industrial Media was formed in 2018 in a merger between Core Media Group and Eli Holzman’s The Intellectual Property Corp. (IPC), with Crestview Partners, BlackRock and UTA among its investors. […]

Fredrik Eklund on Why It Was “The Right Moment” to Exit ‘Million Dollar Listing’ Franchise (Exclusive)

On Monday, Fredrik Eklund of Douglas Elliman announced on Instagram that he was leaving Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York and Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles after 11 seasons. “I let Andy [Cohen], the producers and executives know last week how grateful I am,” Eklund wrote. “Eternally grateful, I mean what an incredible run we […]

‘Selling Sunset’ Star Emma Hernan: “I’ve Had to Prove Myself More Than Most”

Selling Sunset, the hit Netflix reality show about high-priced real estate in Los Angeles has welcomed two new castmembers for season four: Mexican telenovela actress-turned-real estate agent Vanessa Villela and food-product entrepreneur Emma Hernan. “I joke that Oppenheim Group is Game of Homes,” says the latter of working at the Los Angeles real-estate agency at […]

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 Texas from contracting with TV producers to film officers on duty “for the purpose of creating a reality television show” (the text […]

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 right now."