I’m the first to admit to liking reality shows. I like it more when they ARE “reality.” And then I remember.
This television medium we have going here was created as an advertising outlet. In the early days programming, entertainment, etc were there to support the advertising. We turn on mass advertising when we watch television. I have to remember that. So it shouldn’t be any surprise when watching a “reality” show, we aren’t watching reality. We are watching the producers’ version and vision of the best reality to keep the public engaged.
Did you ever see this?
“The judges considered both the scores and input from the producers and Bravo in reaching their elimination decisions.”
Translation: “We’re going to choose the contestants who provide the most entertainment value whether they are really the best designers or not. This “competition” is about as genuine as your average professional wrestling match. But really, why should anyone care?” (taken from http://www.ethicsscoreboard.com/list/runway.html)
So I try to remember when I’m disappointed that the really talented designer doesn’t win. It’s because that designer (sometimes) didn’t entertain as well as the one who did.
I guess if we want reality, let’s go back to the original form…it’s called a Documentary.
I will, however, be watching the season premier of Kitchen Nightmares. They’re featuring that TRAIN WRECK, Amy’s Baking Company. If you’ve got some time, are awake with insomnia at some time…check them out on Youtube….it’s beyond terrific.