The following is only a partial list of some of today’s reality shows.

The Dating Game
The Newlywed Game
19 Kids and Counting
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
All Worked Up
Amazing race
America’s Next Top Model
America’s Top Model
American Chopper
American Idol
Animal Cops
Bachelor Pad
Beauty and the Geek
Best 10 on
Big Brother
Billy the Exterminator
Boiling Point
Britney and Kevin
Cake Boss
Celebrity Rehab
Chris Angel Mind Freak
Dance Floor Chart
Dancing with the Stars
Dating in the Dark
DC Cupcakes
Deadliest Catch
Dog the Bounty Hunter
Dual Survival
European Top 20
Fear Factor
First of Zen
Flavor of Love
Gene Simmons Family Jewels
Hell’s Kitchen
I Love NY
Jerry Springer
Jersey Shore
Kate Plus 8
LA Ink
Last Chance Highway
Lemur Kingdom
Little People, Big World
Man vs. Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Miami Ink
Operation Repo
Pawn Stars
Pimp My Ride
Project Runway
Real World
Rescue Ink  
Road Rules
Rob and Big
Rock of Love
Say Yes to the Dress
Shear Genius
So You Think You Can Dance
Steven Seagal Lawman
Swords: Life on the Line
The Amazing Race
The Apprentice
The Bachelor
The Bachelorette
The Biggest Loser
The Colony
The First 48
The Hills
The Housewives
The Osbournes
The Real World
Toddlers and Tiaras
Tommy Lee goes to college
Top 10
Wife Swap
Wild n Out
Ad Buzz
A New Reality  by Deborah Tirico
Unscripted, unprofessional, and pretty much unreal … reality TV in 2010!

Since the early days of Allen Funt’s Candid Camera, Americans have loved reality TV.  Game shows like “Queen for a Day” and “The Dating Game” helped advertisers sell tons of detergent, cars and appliances.  
One of the most popular and long running reality TV shows is American Idol.  This series also produces a touring show and has created a successful recipe which has been duplicated by America’s Got Talent and So You Think You can Dance among others.  I read recently that ABC has plans for a “High School Musical” Reality competition show that will also generate a tour.  

A new genre in the reality TV world  involves WAGs (wives and girlfriends) of sports stars including
The Bachelor

But today’s producers take the reality TV model to new heights, often using sensational environments and coaching participants to not only act … but act out.  One that comes to mind is Snooki from Jersey Shore. I
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think this woman may consider herself an actress. Segment producers create plenty of illusion, using editing and post production techniques.  The Jerry Springer Show is another example of people with problems having their 15 minutes of fame and going for the gusto by fighting, stripping and turning into complete drama queens sometimes running off the set.  
Jake Pavelka ... after The Batchelor,  he went on to participate on Dancing With The Stars.
WAGs Boutique and Keeping Up with the Kardashians … what will they think of next?

But let’s look at the real success … the price.  The cost of a reality show generally can fall between 100,000 to 500,000 per episode compared to a television drama series which would run upwards of 2,000,000 per episode. This may explain why networks love these shows and continue to discover new realities to produce.  In addition, their customers, the advertisers, have lots of opportunity to target specific demographics.

Reality shows have taken over television and continue to proliferate at an alarming rate.  No matter who you are, you have probably watched reality TV as there seems to be a show for every interest.
The Cake Boss
I must confess to watching this crazy show whenever I was sick and home on the couch.

Buddy Valastro the “Cake Boss” from Hoboken New Jersey.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Housewives of New Jersey
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