Reality TV has been around for... almost as long as I have (and I'm as old as a hill). We've seen icons born, stars disappear into the night never to be heard from again, and everything in between. We stan our favorites for a season and then unfollow them on the gram before the new season begins or we watch our heroes live out their fifteen minutes of fame for far too long until they become the villains.
With every network ever (and now streaming services) having dipped their toes into the reality TV world, there are thousands of reality "stars" out there. WHO, though, do you think is the greatest reality star ever made?
I know I asked for one, but I can't play by the rules, so I'll give you Top 3.
1. Nene Leakes
2. Nicole Richie
3. Tiffany "New York" Pollard
They're all hilarious AND know how to create drama. They make moments that will live forever in meme/gif history, and I would kill to have any of them on any kind of reality program again. Who is your #1?
Okay, I have to go because now I want to add Snooki to the list. FINE. Give me your top 5. Snooki and Janelle from Big Brother 6 are my 4 and 5.
Now I REALLY have to go before it becomes a Top 10.
I hope this is the right audience for this, since we all seem to be into reality tv.
I have a delusional belief that I could play Survivor if it weren't for the physical challenges. Which are a HUGE part of the competition. I could go 39 days on just rice or water or whatever, I definitely have the social game. I don't even care about sleeping on the hard ground of the rainforest. but when it comes to running through sand then having to climb something and then swim through water then solve a puzzle (OK i'd be good at that), that's where you lose me.
I follow this casting director on Instagram who just posted that they're casting for a show called Million Dollar Island. It sounds a lot like Survivor — this is for NBC — except it sounds more like Survivor meets Big Brother in that social game is key.
Things the casting call asks for...
1) Can you make friends with anyone? (Check)
2) Could you survive in nature without the comforts of home? (Check)
3) Are you ready for the ultimate social game play? (Born ready!)
They're looking for applicants 18-80+ for this "social experiment" (BELIEVE IN SCIENCE!) to compete on this show that will film on a tropical island.
Here's the ad.... would you ever apply?
I've been keeping an eye on the thread about the fake florist storyline on Summer House (https://thedipp.com/summer-house/p/1582/fake-florist-drama-winter-house-) and like I said there, I feel a little embarrassed by how much "ick" I get from the claim that the florist storyline is fake, and is a set up for a new Winter House cast member.
I don't know WHY it gives me the ick so much -- I'm really aware that tons of reality shows are storyboarded or heavily or lightly-scripted -- but I feel like... I feel like I was actually feeling bad for Kyle Cooke and I feel silly for feeling so bad for him! IDK, the man seemed like he was under a lot of stress and I felt for him.
On the other hand, I don't care at ALL that Selling Sunset is 10000% fake. Or Siesta Key. In fact, if they're hiring, I would love to work on those shows as a writer or storyboarded. I don't care that they're fake because they are ENTERTAINING and glossy as hell. I'm watching for the fashion porn and the house porn -- I don't actually care about the cast members.
How do you guys feel about reality shows these days? Do you care that they seem to be more and more scripted?
Ian Terry gave an interview to EW, in which he talked about his dislike for the modern era of reality TV. His reasoning? The diary rooms are too canned and scripted. As he said:
"I'll be honest: I'm not a fan of modern Big Brother, and a lot of that has to do with the Diary Room sessions. Nothing beats that organic feeling of the Diary Room sessions from the earliest of seasons. Personally, I am very long-winded, so capturing my thoughts in a quick, easy-to-digest soundbite is never going to result in anything getting explained fully. This leaves viewers to connect the dots on their own, often incorrectly."
I do think this is a problem with a lot of reality TV shows today — it's become more about ensuring the production is stellar than making sure we're seeing something authentic and interesting. It's true that early 2000s reality TV often veered into boredom territory (Newlyweds, for example, is mostly a show about people unpacking boxes), but it really allowed innovation in the genre. When you let humans be humans, interesting things are borne out of the viewing experience — if you try to script EVERYTHING, there's very little room for creativity and to, as Big Brother promises, expect the unexpected.
Have you all heard about this new Peacock show, “The Traitors?” It’s going to be 10 reality TV stars and 10 newbies competing for a cash prize, but along the way, 3 “traitors” in the cash are sabotaging the group’s success.
I LOVED the OG mole - I love any reality show with this twist, honestly (see also: Whodunnit, Killer Camp), but having half of the cast made up of stars we already love/know?
The rumored cast is listed below. Is there anyone you’re excited to see? Who do you hope is the traitor?
Cirie Fields (Survivor)
Stephenie LaGrossa (Survivor)
Rachel Reilly (Big Brother)
Brandi Glanville (Real Housewives)
Kate Chastain (Below Deck)
Cody Calafiore (Big Brother)
Kyle Cooke (Summer House)
Ryan Lochte (Dancing with the Stars)
Arie Luyendyk Jr. (The Bachelor)
Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset)
MTV announced today that they are rebooting The Hills with a brand new cast! According to the press release…
“The Hills: Next Gen will feature a brand-new cast that is expected to be more diverse than the original. The series will follow a close group of twentysomething friends and aspiring entrepreneurs who are coming of age in a very different L.A. They will navigate realities of race, class, identity, addiction, family drama along with the thrills of romance and becoming self-made amidst the exclusive enclave of the hills in Malibu.”
I feel like this is possibly a good idea? Think about how we all felt with the first ep of Vanderpump… or Summer House! New, fresh faces sometimes really work out great for reality tv. I think I’m excited for this one.
What reality show deserves a reunion season? I would DIE to see any of the Flavor of Love / Rock of Love women back together again, imo.
I just saw Carlos kings show love and marriage dc with Monique samuels and it’s so good! He also has an after show like Andy Cohen. Monique from LMDC also rhop was on it and she slammed Gizelle. Will update with link when I can. Omg it was so good