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The Un-Reality of Reality TV

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by mreposter, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. phrelin

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    I guess my perspective is from 1958 when basically we had access to three channels (ABC, CBS, NBC) that offered a total of 67 programs during prime time (8 to 11, Mon-Sat, 7-11 Sun). Right now - not counting Disney, Nikelodian, and premium package channels - using the Futon Critic search engine I come up with 81 scripted new-episode shows currently being aired:

    BODY OF PROOF on ABC Tuesday
    CASTLE on ABC Monday
    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES on ABC Sunday
    GREY'S ANATOMY on ABC Thursday
    HAPPY ENDINGS on ABC Wednesday
    LAST MAN STANDING on ABC Tuesday
    MIDDLE, THE on ABC Wednesday
    MODERN FAMILY on ABC Wednesday
    ONCE UPON A TIME on ABC Sunday
    PAN AM on ABC Sunday
    PRIVATE PRACTICE on ABC Thursday
    REVENGE on ABC Wednesday
    SUBURGATORY on ABC Wednesday
    JANE BY DESIGN on ABC FAMILY Tuesday
    LYING GAME, THE on ABC FAMILY Monday
    PRETTY LITTLE LIARS on ABC FAMILY Monday
    SWITCHED AT BIRTH on ABC FAMILY Tuesday
    DELOCATED! on ADULT SWIM Thursday
    FADES, THE on BBC AMERICA Saturday
    MISTRESSES on BBC AMERICA Wednesday
    GAME, THE on BET Tuesday
    LET'S STAY TOGETHER on BET Tuesday
    LEVEL UP on CARTOON Tuesday
    2 BROKE GIRLS on CBS Monday
    BIG BANG THEORY, THE on CBS Thursday
    BLUE BLOODS on CBS Friday
    CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS Wednesday
    CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION on CBS Wednesday
    CSI: MIAMI on CBS Sunday
    CSI: NEW YORK on CBS Friday
    GIFTED MAN, A on CBS Friday
    GOOD WIFE, THE on CBS Sunday
    HAWAII FIVE-0 on CBS Monday
    HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER on CBS Monday
    MENTALIST, THE on CBS Thursday
    MIKE & MOLLY on CBS Monday
    NCIS on CBS Tuesday
    NCIS: LOS ANGELES on CBS Tuesday
    PERSON OF INTEREST on CBS Thursday
    ROB on CBS Thursday
    TWO AND A HALF MEN on CBS Monday
    UNFORGETTABLE on CBS Tuesday
    90210 on CW Tuesday
    GOSSIP GIRL on CW Monday
    HART OF DIXIE on CW Monday
    NIKITA on CW Friday
    ONE TREE HILL on CW Wednesday
    RINGER on CW Tuesday
    SECRET CIRCLE, THE on CW Thursday
    SUPERNATURAL on CW Friday
    VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE on CW Thursday
    ALCATRAZ on FOX Monday
    FINDER, THE on FOX Thursday
    FRINGE on FOX Friday
    GLEE on FOX Tuesday
    HOUSE on FOX Monday
    NEW GIRL on FOX Tuesday
    RAISING HOPE on FOX Tuesday
    JUSTIFIED on FX Tuesday
    RL STINE'S THE HAUNTING HOUR: THE SERIES on HUB Sunday
    INCREASINGLY POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET, THE on IFC Friday
    I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK on MTV Thursday
    30 ROCK on NBC Thursday
    ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? on NBC Wednesday
    FIRM, THE on NBC Thursday
    GRIMM on NBC Friday
    LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT on NBC Wednesday
    OFFICE, THE on NBC Thursday
    PARENTHOOD on NBC Tuesday
    PARKS & RECREATION on NBC Thursday
    UP ALL NIGHT on NBC Thursday
    WHITNEY on NBC Wednesday
    MASTERPIECE! on PBS Sunday
    BEING HUMAN on SYFY Monday
    LOST GIRL on SYFY Monday
    MERLIN on SYFY Friday
    TYLER PERRY'S HOUSE OF PAYNE on TBS Friday
    SOUTHLAND on TNT Tuesday
    HOT IN CLEVELAND on TV LAND Wednesday
    ROYAL PAINS on USA Wednesday
    WHITE COLLAR on USA Tuesday

    I was not happy with the reality show trend particularly during the Writers' Guild Strike a few years ago as I feared the end of scripted programming. So far, it appears I was wrong as I cannot watch everything I record and have a huge backlog of scripted programming to watch on four external hard drives.;)
     
  2. Paul Secic

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    Yes I'm sick of reality show, but they're cheap to produce.
     
  3. jdspencer

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    The only "reality" show I watch was Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It started out just as that. Making over homes of needy or deserving families. Then it morphed into building a new house in seven days. These houses were modest. Then they got to be large and ostentatious. I have no doubt that the houses were built in seven days, but there had to be a lot of up front planning to pull it off. Even with mortgages being paid off, you had to think about property taxes etc. And whether the people could keep up with the maintenance. The finale of this show had them building seven homes in a tornado devastated area. Now this show was NOT inexpensive to produce. Kudus to ABC and all of their sponsors. Was I a little disappointed that this show came to and end? Yes, but it was obvious that they couldn't top the previous show week after week. IMO, they really didn't need to top themselves. Just present a story and help out a family.

    Another show that went this route was This Old House. I liked this from an educational standpoint learning about construction etc. Then they went off track showing you showrooms and then the final result.
     
  4. SayWhat?

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    Ditto on "This Old House".

    Started out as a good guide for do-it-yourselfers to build a deck, or replace a toilet or bathroom sink or upgrade windows and doors -- projects that might cost a few hundred dollars and could be done in a weekend.

    Turned into tearing a place down nearly to the foundation and doing a near full rebuild requiring multiple contractors, several weeks (or months) and many thousands of dollars.
     
  5. Drucifer

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    When they remodeled a barn into a home and the only things they salvage were a few boards and pegs was when I stopped watching it.
     
  6. SayWhat?

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    I remember that one. That's probably about the same time I stopped.
     
  7. Laxguy

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    Well, tens or hundreds of thousands, based on the last one I watched....
     
  8. SayWhat?

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    I just happened to see a listing for one on tonight. It mentioned Hurricane Irene, so I'd say it's pretty current.

    Said it was Part 2 of 10.


    Huh???

    They used to do a project in one or two shows.
     

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