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Is Reality TV Real? It Depends Which Shows You’re Watching


In the last several years, reality TV shows have taken over many networks and even started a few. However, the realness of reality shows is always a hot topic. Are storage lockers really filled with treasure? Is there really that much drama in Beverly Hills? These are questions that fans and critics often ask — and who can blame them? The madness happening on some shows just seems too wild to be true.

In a new report by Radar Online, several reality shows are being examined, and from the looks of things, many shows are quite real while others are far from it.

When it comes to The Bachelor, a highly popular series which began in 2002 on ABC and garnered two spinoffs (The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad), there has been tons of speculation as to producer set-ups and a few cast members have come forward, slamming the show for it’s constant producer manipulation.

“They are going to have the villain…the drunk..the kook,” former Bachelorette winner Jesse Csincsak told Radar of producers’ tendencies to orchestrate certain events by casting certain “characters.”

On other shows, such as Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Storage Wars, scenes are set up, meaning that cast members’ filming is pre-arranged. But while the events that take place on RHOBH are very much real and genuine, Storage Wars is a bit different.

“Lockers that are won by the regular cast of bidders are regularly ‘seeded’ with interesting and valuable items, at the direction of the production company,” the site reports. “Dave Hester sued A&E and charged that cast and crew openly discussed faking scenes. Multiple sources confirmed to Radar the show is fake and that execs sometimes pay cast members to plant their own valuable items and at other times plant the items for them!”

Other so-called reality shows are simply staged reenactments of events which allegedly went down prior to filming. Among them are South Beach Tow, Amish Mafia, Operation Repo, and Hardcore Pawn. When watching these shows, fans will notice a disclaimer at the beginning of the series which explains that the events on the show are simply “based on” real life events.

Some shows reenact just certain scenes that may have been missed during filming but play a necessary part in the series. Even The Hills and Survivor are said to have had a few reenactments, but Lauren Conrad, the star of the Hills, says reenactments aren’t that unusual. “It’s not lying to anyone, it’s telling what really happened, but it’s just the way they film reality shows,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2007. Then, years later, Kristin Cavallari, who replaced her during season 5, told a different story, claiming the cast had “fake relationships” and “fake fights.”

Among the realest of reality shows are the Real Housewives franchise as well as Keeping Up With The Kardashians and their spinoffs. Jon & Kate Plus 8 also makes the list.

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Lindsay Cronin is a full-time writer and self-proclaimed Twitter jockey. Her multiple Twitter accounts are followed by celebrities like Paris Hilton, Terrell Owens, and Teresa Giudice, to name a few.

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