Are you really getting reality watching a person pawn a watch, bid on a storage locker, sing a song in front of judges, voyeur the lives of dumb talentless people or watch beautiful young women beg to be seduced by some random guy? To the many mindless who watch this stuff, there can’t be enough of these shows. But is this really true reality?
To me, a real reality show would be something called “Execution Night Interactive”. A show that would choose several death row inmates, do a 60 Minutes type of dossier on each including their earlier childhood years and then the actual crime. Bring in all their former teachers and friends to recite material statements in their defense and of course, make it a real tear jerker. Simultaneously, telephone and text numbers would flash across the TV screen so that viewers could call in and vote for the inmate who they want to get it on the next week’s show. A random caller would be chosen to fly in and perform the deed as well select the method. In the case of using the electric chair, viewers would be asked to lower their air conditioners and other wattage drainers so that extra juice can be provided.
How about a show that would place several “survivors” on an island and let them be for several months without cameras, directors or producers, a kind of ”Lord of the Flies” scenario. Afterwards a crew of civilian CSI investigators try to identify the body parts. The most correct agent wins an all expense paid trip to Detroit.
For a sports reality show, I would suggest a real “Running Man” where viewers can track the runner with their GPS and interact with the runner and chaser using Twitter and Facebook.
To offset the cost of these productions, stations would bring back cigarette, booze and all the barred commercial types and scammers.
Now that’s what I call real reality TV and as sick as this all sounds, I’ll bet that the ratings for these shows would be over the top. Do you know why?