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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

Reality shows with…African-American casts now are among the biggest hits on cable. But as offerings that are driving ratings highs…one marker goes ignored: Most of the viewers are black as well. Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the crown jewel in its flagship franchise, swelled to a network-best 4.6 million viewers in February.

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December 30th, 2013
thesmithian
It’s worth being honest…about what reality producers find when they go poking into forgotten cultural lagoons, looking for the most vivid representatives of a different, abandoned culture. What they find are what reality producers everywhere find: Not naïve authentics, but people who have spent years cultivating an Authentic character. People, in other words, with something to sell.
December 24th, 2013
thesmithian

'…the particular problem for the TV industry is that it's trying to profit off the same cultural tensions it's exploiting.'

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December 2nd, 2013
thesmithian
If I understand that I’m being drawn in by the suffering of consenting adults, suckered into rooting for one cast member over another, won over by the classic reality TV formula of people with contrary personalities thrown together in high stress situations—if I acknowledge the methods that have their way with me even as I’m being had, does that make it okay?
Joan Marcus, at The Smart Set
August 7th, 2013
thesmithian

'Many viewers assumed that Nia’s actions on “Real World’s” 28th season would lead to her being promptly expelled from the house, and were surprised when a quick, informal vote between cast members left her with bags still unpacked…'

…As it turns out, there is no contractual policy against fighting on “Real World,” contrary to what many viewers and cast members may have thought…producers have stepped further and further away from their involvement in physical altercations, leaving cast members with fewer concrete consequences for their actions while cameras roll.

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August 2nd, 2013
thesmithian
You were very aware of the racist behavior and the racist things that were said inside the house…How hard was it for you to hold your tongue?
Big Brother host Julie Chen
April 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

'When people say “tell all,” everyone panics because they’re like, “Oh, you putting people’s business out there, because they hear, “tell all.” But yeah, it’s a tell all.'

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'When people say “tell all,” everyone panics because they’re like, “Oh, you putting people’s business out there, because they hear, “tell all.” But yeah, it’s a tell all.'

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March 25th, 2013
thesmithian

…draws lines between our obsession with a zombie apocalypse, the rise of reality TV and the reasons why Janie would rather send pictures of herself at a party to friends than talk to her friends at the party…“Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment. Everything is live, real time, and always-on. It’s not a mere speeding up, however much our lifestyles and technologies have accelerated the rate at which we attempt to do things. It’s more of a diminishment of anything that isn’t happening right now—and the onslaught of everything that supposedly is.”

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February 13th, 2013
thesmithian

Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini were promoting their own reality TV series, ‘Being Mandela,’ which begins in the US on Sunday.

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July 26th, 2012
thesmithian

…the Discovery Channel’s reality show “American Guns” got down to business as usual Wednesday night. While Rich Wyatt yelled, “Take ‘em out, Paige,” his daughter, Paige (above), and wife, Renee, used handguns to mow down a set of human-shaped targets in a Colorado field. The episode…was the show’s first new installment since the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., last week that left 12 people dead…

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April 29th, 2012
thesmithian

The show, which will be shown on Telemundo.com, will feature actors from Spanish-language telenovelas and English-language reality shows in what the network is calling its “first-ever bilingual branded entertainment series.” Mia, the lead character’s name, is also a play on words for the type of female viewer the show is intended to attract—the Modern Independent Achiever. “The MIA essentially is the new Latina…she’s career-driven, she’s very proud, she’s an achiever.”

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art: Jacqueline Márquez, who portrays “Mia.”

November 5th, 2011
thesmithian

It’s tempting to laugh all this off as harmless fluff, but the impact is real. Dating shows in particular portray women as bitchy, catty, and desperate. These shows also tend to exclude intellectual, professionally accomplished women…According to a recent Girl Scouts survey of 1,100 girls, young women who regularly watch reality TV are more likely than non-viewers to “accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying”  in their lives. They’re also…more likely to believe that “It’s in girls’ nature to be catty and competitive with one another,” that “It’s hard for me to trust other girls…”

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