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Podtalk: Producer Stephanie Buxbaum on Her Adventures in Reality & Doc Series Television

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CHICAGO – In the history of “Reality TV” there has been periods of up-and-down popularity, shows that have been around seemingly forever (“Big Brother,” “Amazing Race”) and spinoffs to new styles like “documentary series” as networks like the National Geographic Channel emerged. In all those permutations, producer Stephanie Buxbaum has experienced it all, and has the career and stories to prove it.

DVD Review: Matteo Garrone Experiments with Surrealism in ‘Reality’

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CHICAGO – Like Sebastián Silva’s equally mesmerizing and maddening “Magic Magic,” Matteo Garrone’s “Reality” explores a psyche as it slowly unravels, obscuring the line between truth and fiction until it becomes hopelessly blurred. In fact, both filmmakers utilize a similar technique in portraying their heros’ delusions by occupying their peripheral vision with eerie apparitions.

TV Review: CBS Hit Returns With Goofy Edition of ‘The Amazing Race’

CHICAGO – One of the reasons that CBS’s “The Amazing Race” has been as critically-acclaimed and award-winning as it has over its successful run is the balance of regular people with more typical larger-than-life reality personalities. The show’s stellar editing team is the main reason the program works and host Phil Keoghan would be right behind in close second.

TV News: ‘Big Brother’ Renewed For Fourteenth Season on CBS

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CHICAGO- The hit CBS reality show “Big Brother,” which has turned all of its viewers into peeping toms on the lives of the contestants, has been renewed for a fourteenth season. The news of the renewal comes at an exciting time for the series as the 90-minute finale of the thirteenth season premieres on CBS tonight at 8:30 P.M. CST.

TV Review: ‘The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business’ Offers Second Chance

CHICAGO – The Emmy Award-winning CBS hit “The Amazing Race” returns tonight, Feb. 20th, 2011, with a group of familiar faces, most of them red from embarrassment at the mistakes they made last time and looking to correct them on the new season, appropriately titled “Unfinished Business.”

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