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  •  The funny thing is that the margin of cost (7+ / 0-)

    is actually getting closer and closer to scripted television (and in some cases has surpassed it).  You not only have to pay the talent (sic) - popular reality show hosts/judges make as much as the highest-paid television actors right now - but also the higher cost of insurance, and the army of people behind the scenes who create and script each moment.  What helps defray the cost most is the ungodly amount of product placement they can get away with, in ways that would be obtrusive in scripted television.

    My brother used to work on a reality show, and he'd tell me they'd have to get to a location hours ahead of time, set up the cameras and lighting, run the talent (sic) through their pre-written lines, etc.  so that they could 'show up' and 'hang out' in a way that makes audiences think it's all spontaneous.   What I find most interesting about this phenomenon is that (I think) audiences know it's all scripted, so there's a mutual understanding between producer and consumer that we're all lying to each other, which is neat.

    If you want a good laugh, check out this brief article, then check the date.

    Also: obligatory Idiocracy clip.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 09:36:45 PM PST

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