New Novel Gives Insider’s View of Reality TV

Johnny Jet has had some experience with reality television including his very own special on Travel Channel, Hot Spots 2012. Now, New York Times bestselling author and reality television producer Melissa Jo Peltier has released a wickedly funny new novel called Reality Boulevard which takes a satirical look at the reality TV world.

Peltier has worked in entertainment for more than 20 years, making the darkly funny Reality Boulevard a true insider’s view of Hollywood and some of America’s biggest shows.

RealityBoulevardIn it, we see Oscar-winning producer Marty Maltzman and his staff out of a job – and out on the streets – when long-running docu-series “Lights and Sirens” is unexpectedly axed. But the Hollywood the team now faces is full of Kardashians and Real Housewives, and they need to survive in a world where it’s very hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t – both on and off screen.

Oscar- and Emmy-winning documentarian and veteran reality producer  Arnold Shapiro (Big Brother, Rescue 911) called the novel “the best satirical look behind the scenes of reality television ever written.” Adding: “It contains more truth than you would believe.”

Todd Milliner, producer of Grimm and Hot in Cleveland, said: “During her 20-plus years in the business, Melissa Jo Peltier has had a front-row seat, watching it all unfold. In this novel, she puts her dry wit and storytelling ability to good use, pulling back the curtain to reveal what really goes on.”

Peltier is a double Emmy Award-winning writer and producer behind international hits such as TV’s “Dog Whisperer,” recent multi-festival indie feature “White Irish Drinkers,” and co-author of seven non-fiction books including five NYT bestsellers. In 1992, her multi-network simulcast “Scared Silent,” hosted by Oprah Winfrey, was hailed as television’s most watched documentary ever, and earned Ms. Peltier the coveted Humanitas Prize.

Reality Boulevard has been published by the innovative London e-publisher ApostropheBooks.com.

It goes on sale this week to owners of every major device, including the Kindle, iPad and Nook, as well as being available to download from more than 1,000 retailers around the world.

Ben Stagg

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