The People – and Secrets – Behind Reality TV

Just a few days ago, LB filled us in on what frequent TVWriter™ guest columnist Troy DeVolld is up to. (Hint, it’s very cool TV stuff.) So today we’re presenting links to Troy’s recent podcasts about the ins and outs, making and unmaking, “reality” and “writing” of the media in which Troy is so expert. And not only does Troy do some yakking, so do his equally impressive and creative friends.

Just click and Enjoy:

Ep 101 – Remember We’re Not Here; Joey Ortega

Troy DeVolld, author of the bestselling Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market and and producer with credits on shows like The Osbournes, The Surreal Life, Dancing With the Stars, Flipping Out, Basketball Wives and more, previews his upcoming regular podcast Remember, We’re Not Here, so named for the last words often spoken to reality television casts just before the cameras roll.

Troy’s guest for the inaugural podcast is Joey Ortega, Manager of Development for Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions, which has recently brought Mobbed and Deal With It (airing Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30C on TBS) to life.

Highlights of the podcast include a round of “Real or Fake,” Ortega’s advice to game show creators, and DeVolld forcing Ortega to resolve imaginary showdowns between the greatest game show hosts of all time.

Tracks featured in the podcast include The Builder, Overcast, Music to Delight, Monster Promenade, Disco Con Tutti, Monkeys Spinning Monkeys, Vegas Glitz and Jaunty Gumption by Kevin MacLeod of  Music is licensed via Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Ep 102 Remember We’re Not Here: Andrew Hoagland

Troy DeVolld, reality television producer and author of Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to Television’s Hottest Market welcomes Andrew Hoagland, whose credits include Surf Girls, The Bachelor, American Inventor and Basketball Wives for a discussion of his career, various insights into reality television storytelling, and even a few games.

To play along with the MEMORY LANE game, pull up Andrew Hoagland’s profile.  For the Sherwood Schwartz book referenced by Andrew, click HERE.

Music featured in the podcast and licensed via Creative Commons (by attribution) includes the tracks Music to Delight, Jaunty Gumption, Miri’s Magic Dance, Monster Promenade, Disco Con Tutti, Vegas Glitz and Monkeys Spinning Monkeys, all by Kevin MacLeod of

Ep 103 Remember We’re Not Here: Shelly Goldstein

Troy DeVolld, reality television producer and author of Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market, welcomes multi-hyphenate writer/producer Shelly Goldstein to the podcast.  Highlights include another round of Real or Fake, the never to be repeated Idol/Not Idol, and discussion of Goldstein’s strange journey from her big break on Laverne and Shirley to a number of reality television credits and beyond.

Music featured on the podcast includes the tracks Jaunty Gumption, Miri’s Magic Dance, One-Eyed Maestro, Vegas Glitz, The Builder, Disco Con Tutti and Monkeys Spinning Monkeys, Monster Promenade and Music to Delight, all by Kevin MacLeod of

licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Ep 104 Remember We’re Not Here; Carl Hansen

Reality TV Producer and Author Troy DeVolld (Basketball Wives, Hollywood Game Night, Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to Television’s Hottest Market and welcomes Carl Hansen, Emmy® -nominated Producer of Shark Tank and current Director of Production at Fox Sports Originals.  In this informal episode of the podcast, recorded in DeVolld’s home over pizza and snacks, Hansen shares stories of his career beginnings, plays a round of REAL OR FAKE and poses an interesting and funny question about whether Rodney Dangerfield metaphors for the reality television business are intrinsically flawed.

As always, the podcast features tracks by Kevin MacLeod of with a complete track listing read off in the closing credits pursuant to Creative Commons Licensing with Accreditation.

Ep 105 Remember We’re Not Here: Jon Collins

Reality television producer and author Troy DeVolld (Basketball Wives, Dancing With the Stars, Hollywood Game Night and Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market) welcomes reality television producer Jon Collins (Off Pitch, Total Divas, Breaking Pointe) for an interview with the actor turned reality pro.

Highlights include a round of REAL OR FAKE, a discussion about married couples within the industry and some frank talk about underestimating the intelligence of reality television audiences.

Musical selections by Kevin MacLeod of are listed at the end of the broadcast and used under Creative Commons License by Attribution.