Reality TV - Does anybody still watch it?

Discussion in 'The Clubhouse Bar' started by Steve-o, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    I was channel surfing the other day and stumbled on channel that was showing The Amazing Race, and decided to check it out as I used to watch reality TV shows like this all the time. I nearly threw up it was so premeditated and just generally canned. The way they spoke and acted just tied in too well.
    A soccer team mate told us about how 2 of his mates entered Idols SA, they made it to a certain round and got scripted soon enough after that. They were scripted to be the 2 jokers of the group. I'm not sure if they did it in the end, but they got offered money to do it too!
    Shows you how boring reality really is to some people. Lol
    My question is, does anybody still take reality shows seriously?
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  3. Dmx#1

    Dmx#1 Guest

    Nah most of that **** is scripted anyway. My sister like watching the hills or whatever it's called. I rather slit my wrists than watch a marathon of that bs. Does amatuer porn count as reality TV?

    Just Kidding
  4. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    The last thing I followed that you could consider reality tv was American Gladiators. That was the old series way back when I was about 10. Haven't watched (or followed at least) any reality shows since then.

    They're all the same. Very American, very predictable and just full of shite.
  5. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    Time to clear something up. As you know Steve, i do quite a lot of work for MNET and SuperSport here in SA. Now, 2 very big shows here in SA we work on are Idols: South Africa (currently we are busy with African Idols) and Survivor: South Africa. Idols, let me assure you, is not scripted. Even among us that work on the show, there is a certain level of security, and we have to sign notices in agreement of security and discrepancy. But the actual performers are not scripted or 'acting'. believe it or not, Survivor is the same. Where i will admit some of the ways that the contestants handle certain situations is scripted (so as not to bore audiences to death) the eventual winners are not known when the series starts. As far as the American versions of these shows are concerned, i honestly have no idea...

    But if you guys have anymore questions about the TV world, feel free to ask away. :)
  6. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Ah yes, always good to know somebody in the business :D

    So you admit to some degree there are some people who get scripted? Do they actually get a little somethin' something ($$$) for their efforts?

    Gotta be honest with you, I never watch Idols or Survivor, so I won't be able to say if they acted fake.
  7. sanzar

    sanzar Guest

    Hmmm, how to put this delicately...

    I would rather smear my genitalia with fish paste and dangle them over a pool of rabid piranha than watch reality TV.

    So no, I don't watch it :p .
  8. Laetca

    Laetca Guest

    Let us all hail the lord of exagerations! :p

    I find it hard to believe that when held at gunpoint anyone would choose suicide or brutal castration over watching reality television. It shows the degree of contempt you feel for such programmes, but it's hardly realistic :)

    Personally I find reality television either boring or embarassing. The kind of embarassement you feel when you see a girl throwing up in the middle of the street and then sitting in their vomit after a night of heavy drinking.
    Needless to say I'm not a realityTV-fan :p
    While channel surfing I used to stumble across Big Brother (originally a Dutch idea I believe, so not genuinely American, just like Idols was originally a British idea, or am I mistaken?), five people sitting on a coach doing nothing.
    My SuperSweet Sixteen is hilarious sometimes, it makes me glad I only know (relatively) normal people XD If any of my friends had celebrated their birthday by throwing a party for 300 people, arriving in a stretch limo and being carried inside by 6 half-naked Schwarzenneger impersonators while carrying a snake, I would have wet my pants laughing at the stupidity of it all, afterwards getting angry about the amount of money that's being thrown out of open windows (proverbially that is).
  9. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    [/b]Of course! Where would I be without catching up on the drama happening at RFU HQ?!
  10. Laetca

    Laetca Guest

    In the " 'mediocre and above' IQ level" group of the population.
  11. BTait24

    BTait24 Guest

    i absolutely love the real world
  12. staindy6

    staindy6 Guest

    reality tv aint bad, its just a whole money making scheme IMO
  13. kebz101

    kebz101 Guest

    i dono reality tv really isnt "reality" lol

    id rather watch the tv turned OFF
  14. Caledfwlch

    Caledfwlch Guest

    You talk like its some sort of bad thing. In the first place, you have to understand that MEDIA is a business, and CONTENT is king. So these people have to keep coming up with new things to keep themselves commercially viable.
  15. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    Unfortunately I think Big Brother was also a British Idea, along with many others i.e. Britain's/America's/ talent, any others that Cowell makes, that jungle one..... etc etc.

    I personally hate most of them, I hate Big Brother with a vengeance and refuse to watch it (luckily my gf does too), I can't really believe why anyone would want to watch the likes of BB, watching a bunch of idiots do nothing! Also, why do they need several spin off shows talking about what happened (not sure if this has happened in other countries?)

    The only one I find myself watching is Britain's got Talent, as there's sometimes some genuanly good contestants on that show.
  16. RC

    RC Guest

    I hate reality tv, but i spent over 2 weeks in California and hence fell in love with The Hills!
    Everyone watches it in i did as well.
    So yes, people still watch it, and it's very popular.
  17. Ok I admit it - X Factor. I just can't get over the auditions. If it is scripted then someone deserves credit for the cringe comedy.
  18. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

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    Sorry Laceta Idols first started through New Zealand with "Popstars" when Tru Bliss was created in 1999. unfortunatly thats spawned the australian PopStars as well with Bardot (though some of those chicks were incredibly hot) then from there it went to the UK where Hear'say and liberty X came from. Then it all started to go south with pop idol, crap.

    OMG i know too much about this rubbish, kill me know please.

    on a personal note i only watched it for the girls.
  19. it really depends on what style of reality tv it is. stuff like idol and popstars etc is utter dribble, along with the helping ones like extreme makeover - house edition. and specialist ones like top chef. its crap. contests offer little hope, amazing race is something i, although dont enjoy, watch when i get up on a saturday morning, and survivor and treasure island type shows, survival etc can be spun to be enjoyable. but again, not really. i dont know how anyone sat through big brother either.

    the funny thing about reality shows, is that its hard to actually pick them. they now seem to try to emulate scripted programmes in a genre. take BB to a sitcom, the hills to a soap. which means, a good reality show is good, its just that it cant get unrealistic situations so humor is hard to get. i mean, theres no chance you could pull off a reality show based around the dry cleaners wearing your clothes around...
  20. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Yeh I have to admit I don't mind watching the X Factor now and again...
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