Reality television is just scraping the surface of what Kate Casey is looking at. She’s really an expert on all things unscripted: reality shows, documentaries, and docuseries. On “Reality Life with Kate Casey” she looks at reality shows, new and old, interviewing stars, producers, directors, and more on the making of, the stuff that got cut, and how (or if) their lives have changed because of it. It’s not your typical reality television podcast covering recent scandals and salacious details, but looking at the actual reality behind the screen.
Casey has been making “Reality Life with Kate Casey” since 2016, and she has the receipts to prove it. She has recorded over 430 episodes, with shows ranging from reality TV like Real Housewives to sports documentaries, true crime docuseries, global phenomenons like Tiger King, and more. Episodes are typically 50 minutes, but some interviews have to go all the way to 75 minutes, while other episodes are just half an hour.
Twice a week, Casey is recapping and reviewing the newest unscripted shows and documentaries, interviewing the people who created them, and recommending past shows and documentaries. If you’re finding yourself in a rut with your television, waiting week to week for new episodes to drop, Casey has enough recommendations to fill all of your days.
Recently, Casey had on Meredith Marks from The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City to talk about Jen Shah’s arrest (and continued appearance on the show after her arrest), her friendship with pastor/potential-cult-leader/fellow housewife Mary, and how being on the show has given her new perspectives on her marriage and career.
On the Real Housewives train, she also interviewed Pulitzer prize winning Los Angeles Times journalists Harriet Ryan and Matt Hamilton. The two have been covering the shocking unraveling of famed attorney Tom Girardi, his career, his firm, and his marriage to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Girardi. Casey has spoken with Robert Moor, an author and reporter who, for four years, reported on the life of Joe Exotic for the podcast miniseries “Joe Exotic: Tiger King,” which, of course, became the phenomenal docuseries Tiger King. Moor knows more than nearly anyone about Exotic’s life, his zoo, and his deadly feud with Carole Baskin.
In our Podsauce episode with Casey, she recommends some of her favorite episodes of her own podcast, and we think they give amazing insight on just how wide the scope of her show is. She’s interviewed the biographers of sports icons like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, who worked on their documentaries The Last Dance and Tiger, respectively. “Ep. 254 – The Last Dance Review on ESPN” features biographer Roland Lazenby, who gives insight on Jordan’s childhood, his career with The Bulls, his gambling, and his relationships with players like Kobe Bryant, which gets Casey extremely emotional.
She’s interviewed ex-winner of Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, Jed Wyatt. The Nashville musician was Brown’s final choice, only for news of him having a girlfriend back home during the entirety of the show to end their engagement. Wyatt discusses the breakup, the effect the fallout had on his mental health, and how the show (for better or worse) changed the course of his life.
“Reality Life with Kate Casey” gives us the in-depth reality television analysis we crave. Casey shows up to every interview having done her homework; her interviews are quick and to the point, but not at the expense of quality content. She doesn’t want reality TV to be a dirty word to any of us. We are all allowed to indulge in humans being human, even when it gets a little messy. “Reality Life with Kate Casey” will introduce you to so many shows and documentaries that you may have never seen otherwise, how can you afford to skip it?