[quote]Prime-time game shows, Candid Camera, An American Family, news magazines, blooper shows, home-video shows, Real People, That's Incredible, those Battle of the Network Stars shows. That stuff has always been cheaper to make than scripted shows, and has always been around.
Did you read your own list? "Candid Camera" was totally original for it's time. Where do you think shows like "Punk'd" got their concept from?
"An American Family" was actually the first reality show on TV, the difference was, it was totally new and the Louds weren't playing for the cameras.....the show organically happened...the gay son, the parents separation etc...today's so called 'reality shows' are scripted.
As for "Battle of the Network Stars", the operative word there is 'stars', the contestants were already established TV and movie stars, today's reality shows simply push uninteresting low rent trashy people on the viewing public (any of the Housewives franchises, Jersey Shore, The Kardashians etc) and these horrid shows make these ridiculous, illiterate, trashy people rich and famous.
Some viewers must lead incredibly sad and pathetic lives to find any of these people entertaining let alone woth you losing hours of their own lives.
My theory on so-called 'reality' TV, viewers see how these jerky, vapid and rich people are acting in front of running cameras, they figure, "Look at these fools, they have it all, yet they are still miserable." Reality TV of this type makes most viewers feel better and superior about their own lives.
I don't have a problem with reality shows where the people involved are actually doing something like the thrift store makeovers, the storage wars, the best fine artist, the fashion designers and basically any reality show where there's much more than a group of brain dead alcoholic morons screaming at each other, wearing trashy looking designer clothes and living empty vacuous lives. Who needs to waste time on that nonsense. Those 'real housewives' all look like escorts.