What’s New in Reality TV

David Reinstein,LCSW By David Reinstein,LCSW, 19th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2ugkm9b4/
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The concept of what we call "Reality Television" has become increasingly ubiquitous as it is relatively cheap to produce and brings in lots of advertising revenues. It gets further and further out. Here is a glance at where it is going next year.

Five New Reality TV Shows: Get Ready!!

There was a time when "reality" on TV was regarded as being equivalent to the news. Edward R. Morrow and Walter Cronkite - Now they were about 'reality.' In recent years, however, two converging phenomena have changed the entire meaning of what we regard as 'reality' on TV.

Firstly, there is the fact that most people realize that even information presented as 'news' is not necessarily objectively accurate by any standard measure.

Secondly, an genre of television show called 'reality TV' has grown from the basic day time format of the 1950's "Queen For A Day" and the 70's silliness of "The Gong Show" into a plethora of programs that make a fortune for the networks because they are cheap to produce and sell a lot of advertising at high rates - because, of course, lots of people watch them.

In the interests of the continuing success of this uniquely capitalistic venture, the following list is a sampling of five new 'reality' shows that will be found on both major and cable networks beginning early in 2012.

1. "The Cleanest Man Alive": A show that gets men to compete in body cleansing competitions (longest showers, most astringents used, etc.) The results are determined by culturing microbes from various skin areas of contestants and determining, very scientifically, precisely who is the cleanest!

2. "The World's Ugliest Child": A panel of professional portrait photographers, parents, plastic surgeons and make-up specialists vote on the relative ugliness of children, in three age groups (3-6, 7-9, and 10-13) to determine which is the hardest for other people to look at. Many of the contestants are expected to be members of families who applied to but were not accepted as 'guest patients' on Dr. Phil.

3. "Who Is Your Mamma?": In this immediately transparent derivative of the 50's and 60's "What's My Line," a group of celebrities attempt to match adult children with their mothers. The ideal contestants will not know or be able to recognize either of their own parents so whoever is selected by the celebrity panel, actually becomes their momma!

4. "The Best Of The Worst: The Queen Of Hideous Makeup" : Panelists randomly selected from each live studio audience get to vote on which contestant's makeup is the most repellent and unattractive. Who would enter such a contest, you might ask? Who goes on Dr. Phil?

And, finally -
5. "The World's Most Self-Righteous Teenager": A select panel of academic theologians and practicing congregational clergy judge the generally self-proclaimed righteousness of teens that compete for this coveted title.

Sit back and enjoy ... If you dare!

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Capitalist Venture, Genre Of Television, Objectively Accurate, Reality Tv, Who Goes On Dr Phil

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author avatar Marijo Phelps
19th Oct 2011 (#)

Well..... we don't have TV but might get a peek if we stay at a hotel?

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
19th Oct 2011 (#)

Weird shows for sure. My favorite reality shows are The Amazing Race and Survivor.

One of the most stupid reality shows to come along is "Canada's Worst Driver" I have not even watched it.

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author avatar Vernazoa
19th Oct 2011 (#)

Television does not phase me. When I lived with my adopted family I was only allowed one hour of watching television every day. I would rather be on my computer. I keep my television bill current for friends that come to visit me. The may want to watch their show while they are here.

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author avatar Valerie L Mckay
19th Oct 2011 (#)

I'm amazed at how many reality shows have come on...thanks for sharing....

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author avatar Anisha Achankunju (Aiyanna)
19th Oct 2011 (#)

Considering I am nicknamed Thr3e I know who my Mama is and its certainly not at Big Momma's House asking Martin Lawerance Big Momma is that a Torchlight!!! :-P

You have other programmes like I'm a Celebrtiy Get Me Out of Here, Punch and Judy Show, There was a programme in the UK for monster cars which were custom built and raced (robotics with remote controls), Crystal Maze etc. Some of them intriguing others really stupic but money is one of the reasons they sell and above all to make the common public interact with the media.
How about Fear Factor which needs various members fighting for the prize after doing several games which may or may not include eating critters.
With regard to the Cleanest Man -- hehehe!!! Would love to check the heart and soul too... Shall we??

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author avatar Val Mills
19th Oct 2011 (#)

Happily haven't heard of any of those here. Like Mark above, I rather enjoy The Amazing Race though

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
19th Oct 2011 (#)

I am not shocked that some people have not heard of these shows... and they are, admittedly, figments of my (sometimes too fertile) imagination! :-}

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author avatar Hedy Rose
20th Oct 2011 (#)

Aw, too bad they aren't real, I was looking forward to "who is your Mama" hahaha.
(you really had me fooled :)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
20th Oct 2011 (#)

I am very suspicios of Reality Shows.
I wish my neighbors were worthy of being on a Reality Show. We are all so boring around here.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
20th Oct 2011 (#)

Hopefully, readers feel more entertained than deceived...

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author avatar Buzz
20th Oct 2011 (#)

I don't get to watch tv nowadays. Enjoyed reading this, my friend.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
20th Oct 2011 (#)

I can never believe the titles of these strange reality shows. Like 'how dirty is your house?' Pardon me - got better things to do!!!!! Great article, pointing this madness out...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
21st Oct 2011 (#)

Very fun:0)

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author avatar Jojay
26th Oct 2011 (#)

Loved your article----couldn't agree with you more. Where is it going to stop? I fully expect the next reality show to be set in a prison where we watch murders being executed.

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author avatar Songbird B
13th Nov 2011 (#)

Off beat and wacky, and way too close to the truth, David! lol..

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
13th Nov 2011 (#)

... and the truth is always stranger that the 'reality' offered as entertainment on television!

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