Reality (Shows) dredging bottom of the barrel

So what is it with reality shows?? Are the producers so bereft of ideas that all they can think of are the shows currently on air? Every single day, across channels, there is at least one Reality(???) show happening! And then there is this huge population hungry for their 15 mins of fame… or ridicule… And if the reality show doesnt get you, then there are completely banal serials, full of tacky and garish sets where camera focuses on at least 4 different people with absolutely stupefying expression ( a response to supposedly earth shattering comment by one of the character). But let me come back to the reality shows.

Raakhi ka Swayamwar – A bunch of losers vying for attention of another loser who stays in media by being scandalous. Yet on the show, she is like holier than thou. Nothing about the show is real. Questions and comments and reactions are all forced and directed (I bet there would have been takes and retakes). What amazes me is that someone actually thought of the concept and found a sucker too (NDTV Imagine) to air it!

Then there is a show called Jungle se Bachao!… again full of “celebrities”… And I dont even know any of them, except for couple of faces I can recognize… Who decided they are celebrities? The real celebrity probably would let loose his/her pit bull on the producers if they were to venture anywhere near their house…

Sach ka Samna – a reality show where the people being interviewed bare it all (their lives and not their….. everybody cannot be Denise Richards) and I wonder why??? Why would you want the world to know about your sordid life!!! And of course given our penchant of voyeurism, there would be many glued to the sets, watching every moment… By the way, the Producer of the Program was on one of the news channels and was asked if he would go through baring it all… candid confession – He said NO! and then he actually says something to the effect that he respects the participants for going through the ordeal!!

I could go on and on… India has got talent, Boogie Woogie… each one worse than the other and yet people are participating and many others watching… Sometimes I wonder if I am not normal or the people are not normal. I guess it is the former because channels manage to get big brands to sponsor these shows too!

Now I have a very important question to ask… Any show that is canned and then aired prime time… how can it be real? The concept of reality show should be live… as it happens… without takes or retakes and without editing. Two examples for this – One is the Jim Carrey movie where everything around him is a set (that is all reality shows are) and then there is Ed TV where every moment in Ed’s life is shown as it happens. So which is one is the REAL reality show??


2 thoughts on “Reality (Shows) dredging bottom of the barrel

  1. I recently came across a girl, 11 years old, who loves watching Roadies! I’m seriously horrified about her future! Is this what we want our kids to learn? Recently 19-year-old girl, Krushnaa Patil, from Pune conquered Mt. Everest. Now, that’s something I call adventure, not cursing each other, dropping your fancy pants and eating grasshoppers! If that’s reality, let me live in my dreams!

  2. Very true Sourav and the thing is that if these reality shows are on air, it obviously means that there are enough people with a voyeuristic tendencies lapping up these shows. The only problem now is that we as society have created a frakenstein which is out of control. Strangely enough, back when I was the age when MTV was hip and cool, I never thought twice about defending the channel and its programming. Now I am not a prude or a conservative but somewhere these channels have taken it way too far and in order to get eyeballs they have crossed the all important line which a mass viewing medium should never cross.

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