Reality Television Essay

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Reality Television

When Philo T. Farnsworth invented the electric television, he probably did not think that it would be used to show people eating bugs, finding husbands based on votes of viewers, or living on deserted islands. But that is exactly what you can see any given night on television now. This newest form of television programming fad is the reality television genre. Reality television is now on every station, every night, everywhere. The web page Fact Monster credits the beginning of reality TV as beginning around 2000 when a little reality game show called Who wants to be a Millionaire hit television screens. Millionaire saw the rebirth of game shows but also started the most popular television genre in years. Some say
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Not actual reality, because actual reality is boring, and in actual reality people aren’t eating weird stuff or living on desert islands. But these shows are a form of “reality” suitable to make fairly interesting TV.

When thinking about reality TV and its rise to popularity there are two shows that come to mind. The first is the creative Survivor. Survivor is an hour long show that came on in 2000 on Thursday nights at 9:00 PM on CBS and quickly became one of the networks highest rated shows. Hosted by Jeff Provst, the smug, good looking yet rugged host, the gimmick of Survivor is that 20 people are deserted in the wild in two groups that they call “tribes” and are forced to build shelter, provide food for themselves and then every week participate in a challenge to win immunity. Those who do not win immunity are then open to be voted off by the tribe. The final person to not get voted off receives 1 million dollars and fifteen minutes of fame.

Another show that helped cement the reality TV genre is NBC’s Fear Factor, a usually half hour show which shows on any night where a push in the adult 18-49 demographic is needed. Fear Factor is the show that comes to mind when thinking of reality TV and eating. Joe Rogan hosts the show; a muscle bound semi-celebrity who is
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