[02/12/21 - 09:12 AM] E! Spills the Tea as New Series "For Real: The Story of Reality TV" Premieres Thursday, March 25 at 9PM ET/PT Hosted and executive produced by Andy Cohen, the seven-part limited event series explores different themes including celebreality, dating, competition and extreme makeover series, among others.
[via press release from E!]
E! SPILLS THE TEA AS NEW SERIES "FOR REAL: THE STORY OF REALITY TV" PREMIERES THURSDAY, MARCH 25 AT 9PM ET/PT
Hosted and Executive Produced by Andy Cohen, Series Highlights Reality Television's Impact and Trailblazers Including the Kardashian/Jenner Family, the Osbournes and the Original Cast of "The Real World"
LOS ANGELES - February 12, 2021 - E! delves into the origin story of one of the most intriguing and polarizing subsects of the entertainment landscape as its new series "For Real: The Story of Reality TV" premieres on Thursday, March 25 at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted and executive produced by Andy Cohen, the seven-part limited event series explores different themes including celebreality, dating, competition and extreme makeover series, among others, and shares shocking revelations from those industry executives, producers and journalists who helped catapult reality programming into the pop culture zeitgeist.
Featuring untold stories and "never-before-seen" footage, Cohen reminisces with some of the biggest stars to examine the evolution and decades-long cultural impact of unscripted television. Cohen navigates reality's storied past as he dishes with the Kardashian/Jenner family ahead of their final season of the global phenomenon "Keeping Up with the Kardashians;" celebrates all that Black women have brought to the genre with an insightful conversation with Kandi Burruss, Vivica A. Fox and producers Holly Carter and Mona Scott-Young; reveals secrets from "The Bachelor" with Jason and Molly Mesnick; and brings together cast members of the first season of "The Real World" for a long-awaited and tearful reunion after 20 years.
Additional talent interviews for the series include: Bret Michaels, Caroline Manzo, Clay Aiken, Danny Cahill, Dr. Drew, Eric Nies, Heather B. Gardner, Janice Dickinson, Jazz Jennings, Julie Chen, Julie Gentry, Kelly Alemi, Kendra Wilkinson, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Luann de Lesseps, Melissa Rivers, Mama June, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, Nev Schulman, Norman Korpi, Omarosa Newman, Dr. Paul Nassif, Rachel Zoe, Ramona Singer, Richard Hatch, Ruben Studdard, Russ and Paola Mayfield, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, Tami Roman, Teresa Giudice, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Thom Filicia.
"For Real: The Story of Reality TV" is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions & Most Talkative with Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, David Sambuchi, Lauren Lazin and Andy Cohen serving as Executive Producers.
About E! Entertainment
E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture, and airs some of the most sought-after reality series on TV, including "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Total Bellas," "The Bradshaw Bunch," "Botched" and "E! True Hollywood Story." "E! News" is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across EOnline.com and all digital and social media. The brand's programming slate includes "Daily Pop," "Nightly Pop" and digital shows: "E! News' The Rundown" and "BingE! Club" on Snapchat. E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture's biggest nights and the "E! People's Choice Awards" celebrates the best in pop culture and is the only award show for the people, by the people. E! is part of the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming portfolio, which includes NBCU's broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA Network and Peacock. For more information, visit EOnline.com.
About Bunim/Murray Productions
Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World, which aired for 32 seasons on MTV. BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. BMP's current programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Total Divas and Total Bellas (E!),The Challenge (MTV), Born This Way (A&E), Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project (Oxygen), The Real World and Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch), Endless, Stranded with Sam and Colby (Snapchat), Miz and Mrs. (USA Network), Family or Fiance (OWN), Iyanla Fix My Life and Fear Not (OWN), Crystal Maze(Nickelodeon) and Emily's Wonder Lab (Netflix). BMP has also produced Transhood (HBO), They Call Us Monsters (PBS), Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO) for BMP Films. Based in Glendale, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy's Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.