Reality TV is dismissed as guilty pleasure, low brow… even trash. But whether you want to admit it or not, you probably have heard of Snooki, Lisa Vanderpump or Kim Kardashian. Over the past 30 years, reality TV has become a place to see the social and political moment play out in real time — from racial tensions on The Real World New York to gender dynamics on The Bachelor. On this season, join host Mariah Smith as she dissects the history of the genre one show at a time, revealing how its shaped our culture and how our culture shaped it.
Neon Hum founder Jonathan Hirsch came up with this idea about a podcast on the history of reality TV. I had the chance to take a stab at the concept. As the lead producer, I created the show soup to nuts — from the initial outlines to researching, reporting and writing each episode. I worked closely with Andrew Eapen on its original composition, gave marketing input leading up to release and secured the amazingly talented Mariah Smith as the host. As a total reality TV nerd, it was a dream show to work on.
Press around Spectacle!
- The Best Podcasts of 2021 (so far): NY Mag/Vulture
- ‘Spectacle’ Podcast Makes The Case For Reality TV As A Crucial Art Form: HuffPost
- The Podcast ‘Spectacle’ Covers Reality TV, 1 Franchise At A Time: NPR/ATC
- Servant of Pod: The “Spectacle” of Reality Television