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Reality Boulevard: A Hollywood Insider's Satire Of Reality TV [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Jo Peltier
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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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About the Author

Melissa Jo Peltier has been honored for her film and television writing, producing and directing with two Emmys, a Peabody, Humanitas and more than 50 other awards and nominations. An executive producer of the thrice Emmy-nominated and People’s Choice-winning reality series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, she co-authored five New York Times best-selling books with its star, along with two more non-fiction titles. Melissa is a co-founder of Burbank-based MPH Entertainment, Inc, which has created over 350 hours of original non-fiction and reality programming. Her dramatic work includes writing the Lifetime movie Nightwaves, and the episode The Collector for the hit CBS series Ghost Whisperer. Most recently, she produced the festival-winning indie feature White Irish Drinkers for New York-based Ovington Avenue Productions, of which she is also a principal with her husband, film/TV writer/director John Gray. She is represented by Scott Miller at the Trident Media Group.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1899 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Apostrophe Books (February 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BBF23BW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not stop reading! February 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you love reality TV, hate reality TV, or don't give much thought to this popular genre, you will love "Reality Blvd." With humor, satire, and memorable characters, it takes you deep into the present and the future of unscripted television. If you think some of today's reality shows and characters are outrageous, wait until you meet the ones in this book. I intended to read only the first chapter and could not stop reading until I was forced to go to sleep 12 hours later. This book is engaging, amazing, amusing, and unforgettable. After reading it, you will watch your next reality episode as an insider!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! February 12, 2013
By Karen M
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Written by an author who clearly knows her subject matter inside and out, Melissa Peltier has created memorable characters you will love and love-to-hate, all thrown together while they make their way in a business that's just slightly more crazy than they are. But beware! Reality Boulevard reads like a runaway train, so find yourself a free weekend, download this book, and dive right in. You won't be sorry. If you love Carl Hiaasen, you will love Melissa Peltier.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't-put-it-down satire on reality tv February 13, 2013
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I downloaded this the first day it came out; well, I must say when I starting reading, I literally could not put it down. It's been a long time I laughed out loud when I read a book and the satire in this is incredibly funny-- because it's true. The author has an award-winning background in reality TV, so she knows whereof she speaks, and it's a lot of fun guessing who the characters might be based on (though I suspect there are a lot of them out there who are a match for the more ego-driven characters). Her insider's view adds extra weight and credence to her observations about how reality TV can warp personalities and encourage the bad behavior so many of us love to hate. But this is not a moralizing book; it has compassion for its characters, while at the same time observing the costs of fame, especially when conferred on people who have nothing to offer but outrageous personalities. That said it is! Now I am just waiting for a sequel because I wanted to find out what happens to some of the characters, both good and bad, whom I had grown fond of by the end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel about reality TV (and lots of other things) February 13, 2013
By Randy
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This is a touching and often hilarious novel set in the world of reality TV production -- where Peltier worked for over 20 years. The lead character encounters conflicts that a huge number of ambitious young women (and men) will identify with, between love and work, between selling out and staying pure (whatever that means). It's a quick, fun read, but also one you can come back to again and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Boulevard February 18, 2013
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I completely enjoyed "Reality Boulevard" by Melissa Jo Peltier. She wove together a group of interesting characters, most with their own backstories, in a way that makes them easy to follow. No confusing back and forth "Now who is this guy again?" I am not a television person but I found the book funny, I probably learned a lot about reality television. Without using sex and violence she creates a good read. I recommend it to anyone. they can purchase it for their kindle at It's a real page tapper!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must-read February 13, 2013
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I love, love, love this book!

It's sharp, slyly funny, and pretty much impossible to put down. Melissa Jo Peltier is hilarious and a master at creating relatable characters, whether you love them, hate them, or want to bitch slap them (my choice for the character of Crimson Fennel, who is a very funny caricature of a former high school beauty queen gone off the rails). If you've ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes in reality television, this is your book. Even if you don't care one way or another for reality television, this book isn't just a good read -- it's a great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Real" Reality in Hollywood February 13, 2013
By cdw
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You will not be able to put this book down. Melissa Peltier, professional author and producer, has the personal experience to tell her tale of what it's really like in the "reality television world." She pulls together all her creative talent in this entertaining novel. You will fall in love with the characters. You will laugh and cry and agonize with them in this unique plot centered around the reality television industry. Wild and crazy and fun!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP of the BEST February 12, 2013
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So limited - all this book gives you is:

- Brilliantly constructed characters.

- A highly engaging, skillfully written plot.

- A page-turning experience written from an inside-view perspective.

- An unforgettable read.

This is the kind of book that just rides around in your head even after you have finished it. The characters are SO real - and I love how Ms. Peltier skillfully weaves this story, taking us through the development, discoveries, and adventures of the protagonist. ANYONE can relate to this book. Brilliant!

If any of this appeals to you, read this book. If it doesn't, forget it. I suggest finding a stereo instructions booklet from the '70s. EBay must have some.

Great book. Can't wait to see what this author will do next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Reality of Reality TV
A love/hate story about the TV industry from someone with a true inside perspective.
this novel covers flawed but memorable characters as they weather the whiplash... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sad truth
I think this book accurately depicts the problems with reality television.
If you are interested in a career in television read this book first! Read more
Published 16 months ago by kay Sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Satire
Like all great satire, Reality Boulevard can be read as straight fiction, or a thinly veiled non-fiction account of reality television. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Suzan Lowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! This would make a great T.V. Series - Hollywood,...
A friend of mine recommended the e-book "Reality Boulevard" by Melissa Jo Peltier, as a smart and funny Hollywood satire to read and I'm grateful she did - she was right when she... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Midwest Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fastmoving Book!
This is a very well written book that I couldn't put down. The characters are interesting and the plot draws you in. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. Read more
Published 19 months ago by sheila emery
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
Melissa Jo Peltier's witty, fun peek behind the curtain of reality TV presents a compelling and engaging picture of life in the business. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Elizabeth Rosebrough
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!
This is the kind of book where once you start reading it, you're completely transported into another world. I love TV. Period. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rebecca C. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't enjoy
There were no likeable characters, really. And
it made me feel very sad for the human race. I hope it was more fiction than reality.
Published 20 months ago by Sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn & Laugh about Real Life Reality
A brilliant weave of drama, shock and humor! Entertaining and educational, a unique perspective into some of life's most serious questions and what constitutes true happiness. Read more
Published 21 months ago by deb scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
"Reality Boulevard" grabbed me right away from the very first page. By the end of the first chapter, I was already engrossed in the main character's story and her development, and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by In the biz
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More About the Author

Peltier is a New Yorker these days, born a New Englander who made a 20-year detour through Hollywood after graduating Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Most recently, she is the author of the darkly comic Hollywood novel, "Reality Boulevard". She is also the co-author of six non-fiction works: "The Mommy Docs Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth"; plus five books with 'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan, all of which were New York Times Best Sellers.

A two-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Ms. Peltier won her first Emmy for educational programming at the age of 23. Since then, she has accumulated over 50 national and international awards and accolades for her work as a producer, writer and editor of both documentary and dramatic television and film productions. Ms. Peltier is best known for her work as director and co-writer of the primetime documentary special, "Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse", hosted by Oprah Winfrey. This multi-network simulcast was hailed as television's most watched documentary ever, and earned Ms. Peltier the coveted Humanitas Prize. Following closely on its heels was the Peabody Award-winning "Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse", which Ms. Peltier also wrote and directed. In 1994, she was producer-director-writer of A&E's four-hour special, "Titanic: Death of a Dream" and "Titanic: The Legend Lives On", then the highest-rated program ever aired on A&E, which won two Emmy Awards, including an award to Ms. Peltier for outstanding documentary writing. Three more Writer's Guild of America nominations for documentary feature writing followed in subsequent year, as well as three primetime Emmy Nominations for Best Reality Show as an Executive Producer of National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan". "Dog Whisperer" also won the People's Choice Award in 2010. Peltier is a co-founder, partner and executive producer at the Burbank-based production company MPH Entertainment, which has created over 350 hours of orginal documentary and reality television programming, dozens of which she produced, wrote or directed.

Peltier's dramatic TV and feature credits include writing the Lifetime movie "Nightwaves" starring Sherilyn Fenn, and the story, "The Collector", for the hit CBS series, "Ghost Whisperer". With her MPH partners, she served as producer of the film "Men Seeking Women" (starring Will Farrell) and co-executive producer of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," one of the most popular and profitable indie films of all time. Most recently, she produced the multi-festival-winning indie feature, "White Irish Drinkers", for Ovington Avenue Productions, of which she is also a principal with her husband, film/TV writer/director John Gray.

She is represented by Scott Miller at the Trident Media Group.


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