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The Un-Reality of Reality TV


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#26 OFFLINE   sigma1914

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:19 AM

What's even sadder is that people degrade others for what they watch. As if their viewing habits put them on an intellectual pedestal.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:32 AM

I used to really enjoy reality shows like Ax-Men but it has gotton so obviously faked that it's just like watching a soap opera.

Oh, I still watch it but it's not as exciting as it use to be for me. I just have to go into it expecting to see all sorts of staged events and know that it's strickly for entertainment purposes only.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:45 AM

Ah, thanks. But that kinda means "An American Family", eg. The Loud Family- It was a PBS show in 1973- that's often cited as the first reality show- gets pushed to the back burner. The "Real World" didn't air till about 20 years later- so, yes, not done for a long time!


I've seen some clips and interviews from American Family and it looks like an amazing piece of work. I think PBS may have done a special on it for the 20th anniversary. It probably set the stage for shows like Real World and others that came much later.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:51 AM

The reality of it all (pun intended) is that there is a market for these shows (even 'real housewives'). If it wasn't a money maker, it wouldn't be on the air. "good" isn't a requirement. "watched" is.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:52 AM

I've seen some clips and interviews from American Family and it looks like an amazing piece of work. I think PBS may have done a special on it for the 20th anniversary. It probably set the stage for shows like Real World and others that came much later.


HBO did a good movie about it called Cinema Verite. I believe it still comes on and might be in HBO's VOD section.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:57 AM

I've seen some clips and interviews from American Family and it looks like an amazing piece of work. I think PBS may have done a special on it for the 20th anniversary. It probably set the stage for shows like Real World and others that came much later.


Yes, it sure did. I watched it "live on tape", ie. when it aired. There were one or two family members who were loud in addition to being Loud. It got annoying, and my interest fell markedly.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:57 AM

The reality of it all (pun intended) is that there is a market for these shows (even 'real housewives'). If it wasn't a money maker, it wouldn't be on the air. "good" isn't a requirement. "watched" is.


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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:00 AM

The reality of it all (pun intended) is that there is a market for these shows (even 'real housewives'). If it wasn't a money maker, it wouldn't be on the air. "good" isn't a requirement. "watched" is.


+1. Kinda like an ad: don't have to like it, don't have to think it clever, don't have to talk about it, but if you remember the product, it's effective.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:36 PM

My wife and I are both big fans of reality shows but we enjoy some of the scripted ones, too...

1. Unscripted (reality) shows:

We watch Amazing Race, Survivor, America's Got Talent, X-Factor, American Idol, The Voice, Sing off, The Real Housewives of (insert city here), Whale Wars, Big Brother, Big Brother After Dark, Kitchen Nightmares, Undercover Boss, Top Chef (et al), The Apprentice (et al), Project Runway (et al), ANTM, SYTYCD, Man V Food, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Wheel of Fortune, Flying Wild Alaska, DWTS, Deadliest Catch, Bering Sea Gold, Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef, Ice Road Truckers, Jeopardy, IRT-somewhere... to name a few.

We stopped watching Axe Men, Black Gold, Gold Rush, Build it Big (et al), Emeril Lagasse-anything, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Tabatha-anything, The Fashion Show, Mobbed.

We've never watched, Jersey Shore, American Family, Kardashian (et al), Dirty Jobs, Jesse James-anything, The Bachelor, The Bachelorett, Biggest Loser. Actually, it's a pretty long list.

2. Scripted shows:

We like scripted, too (although these may be subject to heavy-handed cancellations)... Alcatraz, The Big C, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Homeland, V, Firefly, Touch, Harry's Law, Glee, House, Warehouse 13, Terra Nova, Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, Modern Marvels, The Universe, Planet Earth, and so on.


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Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:16 PM

I like the history part of Pawn Stars, but I am also sick of reality tv.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:25 PM

[LEFT]My wife and I are both big fans of reality shows but we enjoy some of the scripted ones, too...

1. Unscripted (reality) shows:

We watch Amazing Race, Survivor, America's Got Talent, X-Factor, American Idol, The Voice, Sing off, The Real Housewives of (insert city here), Whale Wars, Big Brother, Big Brother After Dark, Kitchen Nightmares, Undercover Boss, Top Chef (et al), The Apprentice (et al), Project Runway (et al), ANTM, SYTYCD, Man V Food, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, ..... , Flying Wild Alaska, DWTS, Deadliest Catch, Bering Sea Gold, Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef, Ice Road Truckers, ..... , IRT-somewhere... to name a few.


Other than the couple of game shows I deleted, what makes you think any of those are 'unscripted'?
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 01:02 PM

Other than the couple of game shows I deleted, what makes you think any of those are 'unscripted'?


Nothing ... what makes you think they are?
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 03:08 PM

I used to really enjoy reality shows like Ax-Men but it has gotton so obviously faked that it's just like watching a soap opera.

Oh, I still watch it but it's not as exciting as it use to be for me. I just have to go into it expecting to see all sorts of staged events and know that it's strickly for entertainment purposes only.


+1. I used to really enjoy the show, but now it's all about the "Characters" in each company. I'm actually surprised that Shelby hasn't killed someone yet. It seems like they only keep him around to do crazy and stupid things. Granted, he's also my favorite logger on the show.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:38 PM

Could someone give me a list of ten cable channels that don't ever show reality shows. I bet you can't.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:46 PM

Big Ten Network
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:48 PM

Big Ten Network
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BTN does...they have shows following certain basketball teams on & off the court.
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:56 PM

Good thing I listed 11 then ;)

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:57 PM

Good thing I listed 11 then ;)


Well played. :lol:
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:58 PM

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:04 PM

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No. Frontier House and Colonial House were 2 reality shows on PBS. Market Wars is an upcoming reality show.
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:05 PM

Big Ten Network
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Isn't it sad that those channels you listed are not mainstream channels. I remember in the back in the 90's almost all channels like bravo, tnt, sci fi, discovery had quality programming on it that was niche oriented based on what channel you tuned to. I'm trying to make a point that almost all major cable networks that once were once designed for a certain type of programming are all showing the same thing for the general masses. Its all about getting the highest ratings possible by butchering the channels original purpose.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:21 PM

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:24 PM

Other than the couple of game shows I deleted, what makes you think any of those are 'unscripted'?


Some of them may not be scripted in that they tell on camera people what to say or cause particular events to happen, but the scripting happens in the editing room. Others are more scripted than that.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:39 AM

I don't think any of the Nick channels show Fakeality. Or Disney for that matter. Can't swear to it though. I'd add Hub to the maybe list.


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Posted 03 February 2012 - 08:25 AM

I don't think any of the Nick channels show Fakeality...

I can confirm that there is no Fakeality on any of our channels. There is, however, some frollicking off-set.

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