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Monday, December 06, 2004 

Fake ass reality TV

Article from LA Times about how reality shows are scripted. The report got his hands on a 19 page script for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

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Through sources I cannot reveal but would definitely not go to jail to protect, I got hold of a 19-page, single-spaced outline of an upcoming episode of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." Every moment is planned in advance, including a few specific lines for the straight guy to deliver, which Bravo says is not unusual for any reality show. It's something that people in Hollywood know and think is no big deal. Like Mike Ovitz.


It's not just "Queer Eye." It's even affected the otherwise upstanding straight world. Writers staged that clip of Nicole Ritchie crashing her car that's being used for the promos of the new season of "The Simple Life," the supposedly real adventures of Ritchie and Paris Hilton.


The waiter tripping and injuring himself in "The Restaurant," a show that documented the disastrous opening of a Manhattan eatery, is a reenactment.


According to supervising producer Christie Zelling, at MTV's "Made," where high school students get to live out their incredibly depressing dreams, the staff writes voice-overs for the teenage stars, some about boyfriends they no longer have and all of which the subjects find "totally cheesy."

Producer Matt Swanson says that when Ozzy threw a block of wood over a fence and shattered the window of his noisy neighbors during the first season of "The Osbournes," it was just a sound effect and a phony reaction shot. We wanted to believe so badly in reality TV that we believed a man so feeble he can no longer remember whether or not he ate a live bat could somehow throw like Curt Schilling.


"The Simple Life" is so unreal that people who produce the show refer to it as a "hybrid sitcom" or a "soft-scripted show," a fact Fox does not deny. This fall, when the entire season's gimmick was that Hilton and Ritchie slept in trailer parks, they checked into hotels all but two nights.

There are other funny examples in the article.

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