Reality vs Faux Reality

In a recent interview Amy Duggar said the show is 100% real.  What does that mean?  Sure it's real in that they did and said those things at least at some point, but what about re-enactments and all those trips that we know they wouldn't do on their own?

A reality employee speaks.

12 comments:

Alberta Rose said...

I have no faith in what someone who won't give their real name has to "reveal", plus since he zeroed in on Storage Wars, he's probably trying to help Dave Hester. Also for those who have read Doug "Dog" Chapman's books, the family he's referring to is from Dog The Bounty Hunter. Someone has an ax to grind against A&E. He ended with "I'm glad I could share these stories outside the bar" which definitely made him lose any street cred in my eyes.

rudy tecat said...

I know someone who was on Pawn Stars, another 'reality' show...his bit took hours to shoot because they shot take after take, trying to get it to seem 'real'

Elspeth said...

Think about it. Reality shows have to be staged to a great extent. You can't walk into a store, restaurant, zoo, or other place of business camera crew in tow. Arrangements have to be made with the business, lighting has to be set up, other patrons advised that filming is going on, contracts and releases signed, etc. It's almost all staged from square one. Think about the real world realities of filming and it's obviously not spontaneously real.

Rudy Tecat said...

I look at the Duggars' show as being sort-of an "assisted reality" show. I don't think the Duggars themselves would be interesting enough without help from the producers, placing them in uncomfortable positions and seeing how they react.

tulip said...

The Duggars have become more and more staged now that pregnancies, births, and injuries/health issues have fallen to the wayside. The entire episode of Michael's first bday, IMO, was completely staged, from the grocery store outing & Michael breaking the egg to, of course, the cake. Yes, Amy, and you were a part of that one-but it was all real? Right. Glad just the right people were available to show up at just the right time to miraculously "fix" everything just in the nick of time.

BTW, I think the most real thing I've seen this last season was when Michelle was getting annoyed with the little kids misbehaving and feeding the kittens cheese & eggs. TLC loved that...controversy anyone?

tulip said...

Feeding the PUPPIES cheese & eggs, Michelle getting annoyed-I would believe THAT was real. "No Edit"=max. controversy=ratings...=TLC

Rudy Tecat said...

Giving the Duggar kids a bunch of puppies in the first place: assisted reality

Jasmine said...

Well I was going to go on the show where you look at three properties and have to choose which one you like of the three (name escapes me at the time). I applied to go on it and a producer sent me an e-mail. They said it didn't matter if you were already going through the process to buy a house already. The only thing they wanted was for you to have a realtor. That told me that the show is staged. Yeah, you look at three houses, but you already know which one you're going to choose. Oh please, so much of 19KAC is staged. I don't care what they say. What is she going to say? No, it's all fake?

sandi said...

I don't think much of anything is just spontaneously filmed anymore.I got filmed for the news for a lunch story,and had to hand the cashier the money a few times before I got it 'right'.I can only imagine the trouble they must go to in a 'reality' series.

roddma said...

"I have no faith in what someone who won't give their real name has to "reveal", plus since he zeroed in on Storage Wars, he's probably trying to help Dave Hester"
They probably want to protect their privacy. Reality shows are far from real anymore. I refuse to believe everything shown on 19K is real just because it is family-oriented.

emm said...

One of my friends did an internship for a network a few summers ago...she flat out told me "reality tv shows are the most scripted, most cut up, most re-shot shows on right now." A lot of the hour long scripted dramas actually get filmed and produced in a lot less time than the reality shows. The big appeal to the networks is that they are paying their reality stars a lot less than actors. I don't know how much the family makes per episode but I would imagine all of the Duggars make less per episode than many professional actors/actresses

Baby Boo said...

Of course they get paid much less. That isn't news. TLC is cheap.