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Are some of Discovery and History channels shows staged?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by oldschoolecw, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. SayWhat?

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    ^ Probably about as real as the 'ghosts' on the Haunted whatever shows.
     
  2. dpeters11

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    Well, they generally do it to the myth (though sometimes they do use the term loosely), then see what it would take to actually replicate the results. Either that or just blow the whole thing up. I'm good with that.

    Heck, even actual science shows, with actual astronomers have things wrong, on purpose, for dramatization purposes.
     
  3. Henry

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  4. renbutler

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    I do believe that Hoarders is essentially real, although they do play editing tricks with certain reaction shots.

    When somebody says "all reality shows are staged," I would modify that to "all reality shows have some level of staging."

    There is quite a range, from subtle influences by producers and spliced-in reaction shots, to downright manipulation and scripting of every part of the show.

    My wife was watching Mystery Diners on Food Network, and it was completely obvious to me immediately that it was the latter example of a (poorly) scripted show with actors.
     
  5. Reaper

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    I watched the season debut of Property Wars last night. There were two occurrences that felt completely staged. In the first there was a small pile of sand neatly located in the middle of the driveway of one of the houses. The buyer found a little piece of PVC and gambled that the house had a new kitchen (wrong). In the second, a dirt bike motorcycle was found in a storage building - but it was a nice storage building and the bike was under a tarp -- why?

    I won't be watching again.
     
  6. Earl Bonovich

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    First: Total forgot Property Wars was on last night, got something to watch later.

    Second:

    All of these shows, not just Discovery and History all of them.... Are a blend between Rigged, Scripted, and Creatively Edited.

    They are blending pieces filmed at totally different times, to make it appear like it happened in one night. These "casts" have to wear the same clothes... all the time.

    They are injecting "drama" into some of them for no reason, like the BS with Pawn Stars and the ownership.

    Most of these shows to me, are filler.. 30 minutes shows, that I can watch when:
    a) My kids are around, my son actually gets into some of them.
    b) want to watch that one last show before crashing at night.

    Shows that I watch for more in depth entertainment... are some of the one hour action/drama shows... or some of the upcomming mini-series (and some of the recent ones)....

    At the end of the day, it is TV.
    Ultimately it is edited by someone, produced by someone, to match their vision for what they wanted to present.
     
  7. Hoosier205

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    Facts are facts. Do your own homework. Man Vs. Wild is staged, Survivorman was not.
     
  8. fluffybear

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    Les may not go and stay at a Motel 6 and have dinner at PF Changs but if you believe Survivorman is not staged, I'll PM you about this wonderful land deal I have going.

    "There's a Sucker Born Every Minute"
     
  9. mreposter

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    If memory serves me correctly, about two years ago there was union action against the studios demanding recognition for some of the writers/producers on reality shows. Many of them started out a low-paying non-union productions and were trying to hide the fact that many of them were heavily scripted and edited. I think it was the Real World/Real Housewives types of shows that were the biggest offenders.

    One thing to look at is how many people are on the production crew when you go to their IMDB listing. Storage Wars has a crew 2-3 times as large as Survivorman. And if you look at a show like Real Housewives of Miami the crew includes a lead writer and several Story Producers. Hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
     
  10. Rickt1962

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    I do like seeing the appraisals, but makes you wonder if ther is collusion before the price is announced ! Why wouldnt Rick tell his so called " I Have a Friend let me call him" !!!
    And in Hardcore pawn it is soooo staged its sickening ! Back when it first aired was alot better. I remember one episode how Ashly defended her self as having a college degree in gemology then a year later a poor girl who's grandmother passed away and she had to pay for it came in with Grandma's bag of precious stones. Ashly looks at them calls them Glass ! and sends her away ! Yep she's a pro LOL Then her rip off scumbag father says wait let me look he wants a professional to look at this one ruby ! As the Appraisal is being announced they cut out his price ! The next scene is LES says to the girl iam so happy to give you $ 10,000.00 dollars for this burmese ruby !!!!!!!!!!! Really makes you wonder was it staged or did we just witnessed a crime ! for a $ 100,000.00 stone !! :mad:
     
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    NOPE its better then that ! Remember the movie LOOKER with Susan Dey ! Everyone is CG in the Amazing race on a Green screen LOL :D
     
  12. Rickt1962

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    I had my suspicions back when my wife watched "The Osbournes" she get so excited how cool it was to watch a real hollywood family as how they live ! I kept saying B.S untill the last season as i watched the last episode with her ! at the end of the show they said stay tuned for the bloopers I stood up and said I told you so ! LOL and never believed any crap on TV
     
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    One spin off of Pawn Stars I wouldn't mind is one other Mark, the life of a museum administrator. Something tells me though that if it really was his day to day job, the ratings would not be high enough.
     
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    I guess it depends on how you define scripted, but those are FULLY scripted, word for word, start to finish.

    Unscripted shows to me are COPS, The First 48, Wild Justice, Alaska State Troopers, and a few others along that line. And even those are heavily edited.
     
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    Well truthfully I thought Reality shows were just that, almost a documentary style of entertainment. Where fools in real life were captured with camera's because they are unique to our society, and not being scripted. I have a lot of shows I will now be cancelling.
     
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    The definition of Reality television is what I thought, after looking into it more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_television

    Here's more info http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/reality-tv.htm

     
  19. SayWhat?

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    The ones I just listed probably fit that definition far closer than most of the drivel mentioned earlier.
     
  20. TXD16

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    When either Chumlee or Corey start speaking authoritatively about anything other than what they had for lunch that day, you can rest assured that it's not only staged, but also well-rehearsed (probably many, many times).
     

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