New York Times bestseller Melissa Jo Peltier turns her attention to the brilliant, back-stabbing world of prime-time television in this wickedly funny new novel. 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. In 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 Kardashiansand 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 (Big Brother, Rescue 911) Arnold Shapiro 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 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. Entertainment writer Reel Life with Jane says: ” Her characterizations and descriptions, in particular, are original and visceral, and the book is simply a fun and engaging read.” Kirkus Reviews declares Reality Boulevard "a zinging satire."
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“When I began reading the novel, I knew it would be good. After all, Melissa is the co-author of seven non-fiction books, five of which made the New York Times Bestseller list … Her characterizations and descriptions, in particular, are original and visceral, and the book is simply a fun and engaging read.” - Reel Life with Jane
“Once I started reading Reality Boulevard, I could not stop. It is that compelling, that entertaining, and that amazing and amusing — filled with unexpected plot twists and characters more colorful than the clearest rainbow. This is the best satirical look behind-the-scenes of “reality television” ever written. Despite being satiric fiction, it contains more truth than you would believe. You will forever watch your favorite reality shows with new “insider” knowledge and awareness.” - Arnold Shapiro: Academy Award&16-time Emmy Award-winner / Producer of film, TV documentaries and reality series (Big Brother, Rescue 911, Scared Straight and more)
“Melissa Jo Peltier has spent over 20 years in the trenches of documentary, non-fiction and reality TV and there’s practically nothing she hasn’t seen or done. She lived it so you can laugh about it in this novel.” - Sean Hayes: Actor/ Producer
“Reality TV has cannibalized the airwaves, and during her 20 plus years in the business, Melissa Jo Peltier 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.” - Todd Milliner: Executive Producer, Grimm, Hot in Cleveland
“I’ve worked with Melissa for almost 20 years on many programs on several networks. She’s the real deal. As a network executive, I can safely say that Melissa knows the territory, and most important of all, has captivating insights that are worth sharing with a wide audience.” – Michael Cascio: SVP, National Geographic Channel (Formerly SVP A&E, Animal Planet)
“Emmy award winner, New York Times bestselling author, and executive producer of the long-running phenomenon Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier started out in television at the tender age of 20 and has had an unprecedented insider’s view of reality TV’s strange evolution. If there’s anyone out there qualified to fictionalize what really goes on behind the scenes, it’s Melissa.” – Cori Wellins: Partner, William Morris Endeavor
“a very funny and intriguing book ... It’ll make you think, it’ll make you laugh.” - The Jordan Rich Show on WBZ / CBS Boston
Kirkus Reviews declares Reality Boulevard "a zinging satire" and writes: “Can Marty trust the gorgeous, much younger actress Crimson Fennel, who's making a play for him? Can anyone trust anyone else in Hollywood? Peltier uses her insider knowledge of Los Angeles, the TV industry and its players … in this smart, funny, insightful novel, reality TV becomes all too real, forcing several characters to confront their decisions. Peltier examines the Hollywood world of writers, producers, rich kids, actors, wannabes and con men with a keen and often compassionate eye. A dead-on satire—with a heart—of the reality TV scene from a knowledgeable, witty insider.”
Mark Harden, 'Animal wiseguy' on all three Pirates of the Carriben movies, writes: "Reality Boulevard hits the nail on the head. Melissa Peltier displays a yeoman's perspective of the TV battlefields. She obviously has spent innumerable hours in pre-production, production, and post-production. Thankfully she survived and has the chops to weave that experience into a fascinating and entertaining web (and by web I mean "...said the spider to the fly." sort of web that IS Hollywood. I have spent 35 years in the entertainment industry, and I can smell a fraud a mile away - which is about 20 minutes in LA traffic. Rarely does Hollywood do Hollywood this well. I read Reality Boulevard on my Kindle and found myself bookmarking many sections so I can go back and see if I know any of these people. Even if you haven't spent your life in this business, everybody knows just about everybody in this book."
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Wonderful read - fast paced, funny and insightful. An inside look at a world I thought I knew about but obviously don't! Great characters, witty dialog, humor and heart!
“Reality Boulevard: A Hollywood Insider’s Satire of Reality TV” is an entertaining novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. Unlike many satires, it didn’t leave a bad taste in my mouth. It’s more of a gentle satire, one that treats its characters with affection, even while it lampoons the reality TV industry as a whole. Its focus is not on tearing down, but on humorously pointing out the many absurdities in an industry that brings us shows like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and endless seasons of “Biggest Loser.” At the novel’s start, Hunter is an ambitious film graduate whose short documentary on crimes of passion catches the eye of a producer named Marty Maltzman, who wants her to direct episodes for a new reality series called “Lights and Sirens.” She’s reluctant—she wants to pursue her art and make documentaries with a message—but flash forward eleven years later and she’s still working on the series, her dream on hold and possible alcoholism ramping up. When the show is unceremoniously cancelled, Hunter and those she worked with on the show scramble for new jobs—although reality TV has changed from when they started. Can they adapt to a world where reality TV has shifted from real human emotion to spectacle and humiliation? I love celebrity gossip, although I don’t watch too many reality shows, and found this book very entertaining. I enjoyed the skewering of celebrity and reality TV, while at the same time the actual characters in “Reality Boulevard” really grow on you as individuals. I wanted Hunter and her friend Allison to make their life-changing documentary, and Ian was a perfect, sleazy Hollywood villain. I also enjoyed the relationship between Sophie, who runs GIRLZ! Network, and her daughter Ashley, who has trouble understanding the line between reality TV and actually reality. In sum, “Reality Boulevard” is a fun, page-turning read that I would recommend.
A great inside look at just some of the highs and lows in the "Reality TV World". Great characters and very well written.
Hilarious. Biting. Impossible to put down. And scarily, probably true. What a find!
Grrat summer read.