Month: January 2011

Un-Reality Television

You probably watch reality television. This is not going out on a limb – around 30% of programming is now reality television of some type. That is amazing, in a way – 10 years ago, this type of programming was virtually unknown. Today, most of the top-rated shows on television are reality shows – from American Idol to Survivor to Big Brother to Jersey Shore, reality shows are the most important and dynamic segment of television today. Reality shows are a bonanza for the networks. They cost half as much to produce as scripted shows, they don’t require writers,...

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