“Reality”

Why are reality TV shows so popular? It seems everyone hates them in general, but has one show they just can’t stop watching. Which one is yours? If you don’t watch any, which of the ones you’ve heard about do you think you’d be most likely to watch? What’s your theory about why this form dominates so much of modern TV?

Thank you for asking this! I have been watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey – and it is a frightening compulsion!
I will have to say the number one, and most base appeal is quite simply, drama.
You can’t get that in a soap opera – I was looking over the soap opera zines in line at Safeway today, and the two headlines were – “So and so is alive!” & “So and so is good again!” Those are amazingly tired and worn out plot lines, are they not?
So with this new twist of “reality” you still get the good, wholesome enjoyment of a down-home cat fight without all the runaround.
That’s all I got.

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