Reality TV


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Reality TV describes series that present loosely scripted or unscripted situations with the intent to entertain, i.e. hidden-camera, court TV, or season-long competition programs.

Highlights
Jonathan Murray on the creation of The Real World 
Jeff Probst on casting Survivor
Fred Silverman on NBC's proto-reality show Real People which debuted in 1979
Alan and Susan Raymond (producer of An American Family) on their purpose with documentary filmmaking; their view of public reaction to their films
Marian Rees on going to work on This is Your Life  hosted by Ralph Edwards
Andy Cohen on casting the first season of Top Chef for personality and later seasons for cooking talent
Who talked about this genre

Berle Adams

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Berle Adams on negotiating deals for Ralph Edwards for his shows Truth or Consequences and This Is Your Life

Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen on the popularity of Reality TV dance shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance

Tom Bergeron

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Tom Bergeron on hosting America's Funniest Home Videos
Tom Bergeron on hosting Dancing With the Stars
Tom Bergeron on hosting Dancing With the Stars

Mark Burnett

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Mark Burnett on being a pioneer of reality television
Mark Burnett on early criticism of Survivor  and his vindication in its success; questioning the meaning of reality tv as a genre; "there are no rules"
Mark Burnett on the term "reality TV"

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on hosting RuPaul's Drag Race

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on his role as Executive Producer on seasons two through five of Project Runway
Andy Cohen on the Top Chef catchphrase "Pack Your Knives and Go"
Andy Cohen on casting the first season of Top Chef for personality and later seasons for cooking talent
Andy Cohen on the Top Chef catchphrase "Pack Your Knives and Go"
Andy Cohen on the development and casting of Top Chef and the replacement, after season one, of Katie Lee Joel with Padma Lakshmi
Andy Cohen on his take off on Battle of the Network Stars, Battle of the Network Reality Stars
Andy Cohen on how the five areas of expertise of the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy  hosts helped shape the future vision of Bravo as a network
Andy Cohen on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy  and his first experience with "regular people" becoming stars
Andy Cohen on the genesis of The Real Housewives of Orange County
Andy Cohen on casting Bethenny Frankel on The Real Housewives of New York City and her role on the show
Andy Cohen on how Jill Zarin changed her look and behavior from one season to another of The Real Housewives of New York City
Andy Cohen on announcing the death of Osama bin Laden on Watch What Happens Live
Andy Cohen on why Watch What Happens Live is one of the accomplishments he's proudest of in his career
Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live
Andy Cohen on how writing a blog for the Bravo website led to him hosting Watch What Happens Live

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on competing on Battle of the Network Stars

Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper on hosting the reality show The Mole

Tony Danza

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Tony Danza on Teach: Tony Danza

Elise Doganieri

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Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster on why The Amazing Race wins Emmy Awards; on the legacy of the show

Ralph Edwards

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Ralph Edwards on the idea for This Is Your Life and memorable guests and episodes of the program

Albert Freedman

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Albert Freedman on becoming a producer on Twenty One, coaching contestants, and convincing Charles Van Doren to become a contestant on the program
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One; on the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals; on not wanting to implicate Charles Van Doren
Albert Freedman on being indicted during the Quiz Show Scandals, being blacklisted, going to Mexico, and returning to the U.S. to testify again after Charles Van Doren agreed to testify
Albert Freedman on reaching out to Charles Van Doren's lawyer to explain the circumstances under which Freedman would be testifying before the Grand Jury for a third time, > on > Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate, and the impact of the Quiz Show Scandals on the medium of television - the end of the intelligent era of live TV
Albert Freedman on whether today's quiz shows are affected by the Quiz Show Scandals

Tom Freston

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Tom Freston on creating the MTV "soap opera" The Real World
Tom Freston on how reality TV played into MTV

Julian Gomez

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Julian Gomez on editing Paradise Hotel
Julian Gomez on being assigned to edit various elements of The Amazing Race like the "Detour" or the "Roadblock"
Julian Gomez on editing for The Amazing Race
Julian Gomez on editing Big Brother

Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner on appearing on Celebrity Apprentice  and working with Donald Trump

Don Roy King

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Don Roy King on directing Survivor finales

John Langley

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John Langley on comparing Cops to game-based-type reality shows

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on competing on Dancing With the Stars

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner

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Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner on appearing on The Surreal Life

Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves on getting Survivor on the air, casting the show

Bertram van Munster

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Bertram van Munster on creating/producing Wild Things  and working on a wildlife series that focuses on exotic animals and how it changed the genre
Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster on why The Amazing Race wins Emmy Awards; on the legacy of the show

Jonathan Murray

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Jonathan Murray on the impact An American Family had on him
Jonathan Murray on the creation of The Real World 
Jonathan Murray on outlining episodes and editing The Real World
Jonathan Murray on The Real World
Jonathan Murray on the style of reality television influencing scripted TV and commercials
Jonathan Murray on the term "reality television"
Jonathan Murray on the creation of Road Rules
Jonathan Murray on the creation, casting, and cancellation of The Simple Life
Jonathan Murray on the creation and shooting of Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Jonathan Murray on the creation of The Bad Girls Club
Jonathan Murray on his involvement with Project Runway
Jonathan Murray on controversial wins on Project Runway (Gretchen over Mondo); on Mondo sharing that he is HIV positive; on the show's popularity
Jonathan Murray on the overall popularity of reality programming in recent years
Jonathan Murray on the premise behind Making the Band
Jonathan Murray on the state of reality TV today (2011)
Jonathan Murray on critics of reality television, the future of reality TV, and cast members on shows
Jonathan Murray on what he's learned about human nature from his work in reality TV

Alan Neuman

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Alan Neuman on directing You Asked For It

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on television genres and the rise of reality television

Bernie Orenstein

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Bernie Orenstein on his first writing job in the United States, on Candid Camera and being paired up with Joan Rivers, who was also on the writing staff

Don Pike

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Don Pike on returning to NBC in 1967 as a technical director and acting as technical director on the Miss America Pageant

Jeff Probst

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Jeff Probst on hosting Survivor
Jeff Probst on specific contestants from Survivor
Jeff Probst on his favorite Survivor seasons

Martha Quinn

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Martha Quinn on appearing on Star Search with Ed McMahon

Hector Ramirez

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Hector Ramirez on working on Dancing With the Stars
Hector Ramirez on his opinion of reality television

Marian Rees

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Marian Rees on going to work on This is Your Life  hosted by Ralph Edwards

George Schlatter

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George Schlatter on producing Real People

Judith Sheindlin

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Judith Sheindlin on watching The People's Court and knowing she could do better, by using humor
Judith Sheindlin on Judge Judy
Judith Sheindlin on Judge Judy

Saul Turteltaub

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Saul Turteltaub on writing for and performing on Candid Camera

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on appearing on The Paul Whiteman TV Teen Club

Bruce Vilanch

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Bruce Vilance on the "unreal"ity of reality television; "it's all staged"

John Walsh

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John Walsh on being approached to host America's Most Wanted on the new FOX network

Joseph A. Wapner

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Joseph Wapner on Ralph Edwards and Stu Billett approaching him about doing a television show (The People's Court); on shooting the pilot for the show
Joseph Wapner on shooting The People's Court and becoming recognizable to the public
Joseph Wapner on the set of The People's Court; on the main function of a judge; on the legacy of the program
Joseph Wapner on the timing on The People's Court; on the program being featured in the film "Rain Man"

Fred Willard

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Fred Willard on co-hosting Real People

Lauren Zalaznick

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Lauren Zalaznick on the challenge of building on the success of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy as head of Bravo, and on shows she programmed early in her tenure there
Lauren Zalaznick on the impact Queer Eye for the Straight Guy had on Bravo's programming
Lauren Zalaznick on Battle of the Network Reality Stars
Lauren Zalaznick on Project Greenlight, and on developing Project Runway
Lauren Zalaznick on developing The Real Housewives of Orange County for Bravo
Lauren Zalaznick on developing Top Chef for Bravo
Lauren Zalaznick on heading up the Oxygen network, and on The Bad Girls Club
Lauren Zalaznick on the Oxygen series Snapped and The Glee Project

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on NBC's reluctance to move into Reality TV programming at the time of his becoming President of NBC Entertainment
Jeff Zucker on his idea to "supersize" Friends episodes in order to compete with Survivor
Jeff Zucker on putting Fear Factor, The Weakest Link, and The Apprentice on NBC
Jeff Zucker on the impact on the network of putting reality programming on NBC
Jeff Zucker on why Reality TV resonated with audiences when it first gained popularity in the early 2000s
Jeff Zucker on NBC's acquisition of Bravo and the success of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Jeff Zucker on The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice