Tube doesn’t have actors anymore. People on the street have the television big time. And they are getting themselves a reality check. Reality Television is here to stay. It is different from the daily soaps and sitcoms for sure. Here are some of them you are bound to come across when you switch channels: The Amazing Race, America’s Got Talent, America’s Next Top Model, American Chopper, American dating and relationship reality television series, Beauty and the Geek, Bachelor Pad, The Bachelorette, Blind Date, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, American Idol, The Big Break, Big Brother, The Contender, Dancing with the Stars, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Next Food Network Star, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor, The Real Housewives, Top Chef, etc.
Reality television is a duck that lays golden eggs. I think television honchos and creative directors have become a bit too greedy and are trying to pry open the duck to get all its eggs.
To differentiate one from another the concepts have gone whacky. People fall in love in front of the cameras with complete strangers in a space of weeks or days, couples break up in full view of the world, and some celebrities open the doors of their house and allow the cameras into their private world jus’ to grab some eyeballs and publicity.
We have become voyeurs. And it is encouraged.
Everyone likes a bit of gossip. We like to know who broke up and who patched up, but trying to take a peek into the bedroom or washroom of a celebrity jus’ because he or she is one is not exactly entertainment. Time to draw a line, I guess.