Reality TV — the very institution that has saved the medium by delivering high ratings at low cost — has also pretty much defiled the culture in all the obvious ways. What is perhaps less than obvious is how manufactured and unspontaneous it all is. To understand the reality behind the unreality of reality TV, On The Media spoke to a former producer of such fare. The anonymous producer tells Bob Garfield about some of the elaborate staging and scripting he participated in while helping produce these shows.
“Reality” TV is destroying the scripted entertainment industry, which is bad for jobs and creative people, but even worse is how it’s tricking a generation into believing that the despicable people playing out that scripted bullshit are role models.