Thursday 23 May 2013
The Future of "Reality" TV -
Anything that makes a splash like
the "Reality TV" boom is bound to bring
out the skeptics. What's most interesting about
this hot genre in programming is that the skeptics
are both the buyer and the seller. The viewing
audience and the Networks both ask the fearful
question, "How long can this last?"
truth is that both continue
to tune in, as well as produce and promote new
shows. The creators and producers of these shows
are people that think "outside the box"
to begin with, and many have been vocal in explaining
that the format of reality programming only broadens
the possibilities of various forms of hybrid shows.
It's the same thing we've witnessed with scripted
shows over the past decade- Rules are broken and
new forms are accepted.
There has always been an appetite
for event-type programming. And when real people
are involved, viewers will watch with the same
addictive appetite as those who are hooked on
soap operas. What's more powerful in reality-based
programming is that even though the situations
are set up and manipulated to guarantee a result
for content, we are watching people with real
emotions in circumstances that create real drama.
As long as we continue to be fascinated with the
human condition, and have an appetite for entertainment,
there will always be some evolving format of a
reality show. We've seen the evolution of
documentary-style programming with hit
cable shows becoming extremely popular. The
viewing audiences appetite for experiencing
lives and worlds they'd otherwise never know or
see in their own reality is what pulls us to
these programs. Producers are also reaching out
to discover real people with fascinating lives,
businesses, and families to create and produce
People are now pitching their own lives as
reality-based programs, and many are succeeding.
We feel that as long as people have passion, and
a drive to create, prosper, and pursue
adventure, there will always be docu-style
successful re-run of reality series on cable has
been very lucrative for the industry, and has
countered the skeptics. The future of reality
television looks only more expansive and varied
in content, and we're thrilled to be part of the
discovery of new content for television.