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TV: An Insider's Guide to TV's Hottest Market
I don't watch reality shows generally. I just prefer
regular fictional TV shows, where there are real actors and everything
is scripted. To be fair, it's not just reality shows I don't watch. I
don't watch news, sports, game shows, documentaries, etc. - anything
that's non-fiction. The problem with reality shows is that they are sort
of half-fiction and half-non-fiction. This book tells us exactly how
they make reality shows and how much of them is real or not.
Even so, I found the book fascinating, being a TV fan. The man who wrote
the book has written or produced many reality shows and knows the
ins-and-outs of them well.
The book is not a tell-all. It's more of a primer. It's almost as if he
wrote the book to be a textbook for some course about making reality TV
shows. It even has exercises for each chapter.
I was hoping for more dirty and less textbook, so it was disappointing
in that regard. It was more educational than it was a good read.
I'm not sure I entirely agree with some of the author's assertions, such
as his classifications for reality shows, but then again, he's the
expert, not me.
He does mention the 1988 Writer's Strike that led to reality shows
booming, starting with Cops and The Real World, among others. It is an
interesting part of our TV history.
If you love reality shows, you might enjoy the details of how they make
reality shows. They are a lot more "scripted" than you might imagine.
If you want to break into the TV business, or the reality show business,
then this book is probably a must-have.
HOW REAL IS REALITY TV?
A producer behind Dancing with the Stars, The Surreal Life, and many other
hit Reality TV shows answers the question we've all been asking
Love it or hate it, most of can't help but wonder how real Reality TV
Troy DeVolld, a producer behind some of the most successful Reality TV
that question to rest in his new book REALITY TV: AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO
TV'S HOTTEST MARKET (Michael Wiese Productions, August 2011, paperback).
"There's no reality show that I'm aware of where there isn't somebody
pulling the strings behind the
scenes to some extent. Some programs use writing and content manipulation
Others shred content like a salad shooter, stitching together bits of
dialogue and action, repurposing scenes left and right," says DeVolld
Troy DeVolld will reveal some of the behind-the-scenes
tricks of the Reality TV producer and writer.
Visit him at: www.realitytvbook.com
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