February 5, 2017

The Secrets Behind Reality TV

Maddie Herman 19’

In our day and age, reality TV plays a considerable role in the televised world. People all around the globe love to spend their free time obsessing over the dramatic and gossip-filled lives of celebrities through reality TV, but how can people really live lives of such ridiculous drama?
The sad truth is that reality TV shows are not actually reality. Even though there are no actual scripts, writers craft plot lines in order to create conflict among the characters. They also crop the footage to give a false representation of certain events and create a more dramatic facade.
Many times producers will take clips from separate events and crop them together to make it sound like a fluid conversation even though the conversations may have taken place a month apart from one another. In the TV industry, this is called Frankenbiting.
Living proof of the falsehoods of reality TV can come from GOA’s own choir director and music teacher, Mr. Kaminski. He appeared on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” this January, but informed his students that he had purchased his new house some time before filming the episode.
Reality competition shows are fake, as well. Unlike what we see on TV, producers actually have the final say on who gets cut and who stays rather than the judges. It may look like the judges make the decisions, but the producers are the true puppets pulling the strings.
Additionally, in performance-related shows such as “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent,” there are many rounds of selection before the group of people auditioning are chosen. Not all auditioners go straight through to being filmed. Producers search for a certain look or character; someone who will catch the attention of viewers. The bigger shows even do extensive research on the auditionior’s background; their family history, criminal charges and more.
While it may all be fabricated, reality TV still gives viewers a small taste of what it is like to live in the hectic world of fame, without bringing the drama into their own lives. By simply scrolling through channels one can clearly see how many wildly successful reality shows cluster our networks daily. “Masterchef,” “The Voice,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “The Bachelor” may be make-believe, but they are certainly entertaining.

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