A search for the truth in CBS’ Hunted

The biggest new broadcast reality show in years is the CBS series Hunted, on which contestants attempt to hide from a group of “hunters,” former law enforcement officials who use all kinds of surveillance to track the teams.

The first few episodes intrigued me, but I also couldn’t understand how exactly a reality show got access to the information they were claiming to access—ATM camera footage, GPS coordinates for cars, car rental records.

So, I set about to fact-check the show, and the result is this story:

Interviews with people involved in reality television

In January, I spent time in Los Angeles at the Television Critics Association press tour, and while I was there, I interviewed many people about the reality TV shows they host, produce, created, star in, and/or write about.

Here are five of those interviews—plus one, with Bachelor spoiler Steve Carbone, that I conducted before leaving for L.A. Enjoy!

  1. Matt Iseman explains Team Ninja Warrior’s speed, his enthusiasm’s origin
  2. How Discovery’s Killing Fields is being produced in real time
  3. Why The Profit Marcus Lemonis needed to spin-off The Partner
  4. Two Oscar winners and an Emmy winner on Oscar doc sexism
  5. Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss on diversity, UnREAL, Ben Higgins
  6. How and why Reality Steve spoils The Bachelor