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ATS1304 Introduction to Television Studies REALITY TELEVISION B e l l a M c N e i l l i s a b e l l a . m c n e i l l @ m o n a s h . e d u
“Reality television may well be the most exorbitantly ‘noticed’ form of programming in television’s history.” (Graeme Turner, 2010, p. 33) “…the perfect televisual form for the contemporary cultural moment … [that has become] a crucial component of the fabric of popular culture.” (Jon Dovey, 2000, p. 78)
Candid Camera (CBS, 1948-2014) …Up (ITV, 1964-) An American Family (PBS, 1971-73) Cops (FOX, 1989-) The Real World (MTV, 1992-2017) Survivor (CBS, 2000-) Big Brother (Various, 1999-)
- A focus on the personal - “…ordinary people doing ordinary things” (Corner, 2004, p. 295) - Highly constructed and formatted presentation - A blend of factual (educational) reportage with entertainment values such as humour and emotion - ‘…implicitly and explicitly addresses the viewers about good and bad ways to live their lives’ (Hill, 2005 p. 184) REALITY TV TRAITS
* Late 1980s / early 1990s: crime and ‘disaster’ series’ e.g. Cops, 999, Crimewatch Observational or re-enactments of “real” events; focussed on police, emergency services and hospital workers; considered “Trauma TV” *Late 1990s: makeover, talk show and youth-oriented series’ e.g. Jerry Springer , The Real World , The Swan Spectacle and drama filled; ‘drama’ driven by personal interpersonal and/or everyday stories * 2000s: ‘Social Experiments’ and Talent series’ e.g. Survivor , Big Brother , Idol franchises , Got Talent franchises, The Amazing Race Commercially successful; “made-for-TV” reality; international franchises the norm.

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