How Reality TV Works

March 25th, 2005 | researchmaterial

We love Defamer:

We think we’re finally starting to get a handle on what it takes for a reality show to can an episode.

* Television producers destabilize a family by removing a parent and replacing her with a near polar opposite: Father in destabilized family commits horrible act of child abuse (punched his 13-year-old daughter in the face) : Episode canceled

* Contestant commits suicide: OK, likely somber boxing-glove retirement segment to follow. Show trumpets tragic fighter’s defeat on website.


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