The End of Reality TV? And Other Hidden Truths in Popular TV

Just because you’re confused about something doesn’t mean it’s not real…just ask Colonel Bruce Harreld. Back in December my staff and I wanted to see what the average reader’s perception of our news was….

The End of Reality TV? And Other Hidden Truths in Popular TV

Just because you’re confused about something doesn’t mean it’s not real…just ask Colonel Bruce Harreld.

Back in December my staff and I wanted to see what the average reader’s perception of our news was. We decided we would test readers on popular shows that were popular with (clients) — like The Bachelor, Bravo’s Top Chef, etc. I honestly feel like I should say that “show” we chose isn’t really a poll. It is what it is — a show with shows stars. I’m sure you’re just as confused about what it’s called.

Here’s the breakdown on what we found.

On The Bachelor, most people were unfamiliar with many elements of the show, but thought the main characters were good and the show was “real.”

On Top Chef, the responses varied between were we living in the real world — or were we living in a show? About 5% said they were living in the real world. That included the contestants, the chefs (using contestants on the show to represent the show is totally true but a minority), and chefs from real restaurants.

On Bravo’s Top Chef: Battle of the Seasons, most of our readers were clueless on what “Top Chef” actually is. About 25% thought it was another reality show that shows super high powered people competing for several cool prizes with a date.

Oddly enough, from what I’ve seen on some other shows…people don’t know what they’re watching.

Look at that: 25% of the people didn’t even know what Bravo is.

But their mentality isn’t off base. It’s true. How many of you think you’re watching a reality show as opposed to a TV show?

SURPRISE: Reality shows are fundamentally created to be a “fake reality”. If you get it, it’s certainly much more flattering than reality shows. The old day you saw a woman in a dress pass her arms around another woman and then turn around and smile and you thought it was realistic. Well, at least the women in a dress are pretending to be excited. Reality shows are a trifecta — illusion, lie, and reality TV. All three are 100% not real.

And that’s because in reality TV, actors are paid a lot of money. It’s basically an actor’s job. They aren’t only playing characters, they are playing real people they’ve studied, doing things they’ve done, with emotions that they’ve experienced. And they’re all actors.

Look, I’m a fan of reality TV. If I choose to watch a show that’s about money, my interest level will be extremely high — because it’s “reality TV.” But in reality TV, the motivations of the characters are well defined, and the stakes are ridiculously high because the cameras are on and the conditions are insane.

But if you’re really confused about what a world view is? Do yourself a favor. Listen to Col. Harreld and understand he’s not from Mars, he’s a reality TV producer:

Our drive as humans is to find things that make us happy and to find ways to make the world happier for all of us. There is only one way to solve this conundrum of life; to find happiness in the things we will achieve here on this planet. For this reason, all major world events and events throughout history were accidental by design. Even the destruction of the universe was not.

I’ll give you one more fact about Col. Harreld — he has an endearing voice!

To me, this information just opens up a world of possibilities for new shows on Fox News…like Col. Harreld’s The End of Reality TV. Don’t you think?

Heather Mallick is a New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, and a regular contributor on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. She is a senior VP at the Domenico & Company, an international fashion brand, and a network contributor. More about Heather and the Domenico & Company are available at www.domincostore.com/digital/heather.html

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