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Reality School July 27, 2008

So ladies and gents who want even that 15 minutes of fame… are you ready for Reality? Reality has been shown for quite some time now and I mean as early as the 1940s (technically when TV was invented already). These old school reality shows are mainly those games and variety shows. Hardcore Reality shows though have only surfaced in the early 90s. But in the year 2000 and up, there are just Reality shows every station, every channel… everywhere!

Now what I think about this reality school thing…? I find it quite odd why they would put up one… Isn’t it that reality shows are supposed to have no scripts at all? …and that you just appear to be you… as is?

Is reality now getting fake?

And, the worst part of it all is that they have to pay a tuition fee so that they could be real-er! Now this is really interesting… Though this qualifies as an entry in my “wall of the wierd“, I must say that it’s actual existence makes it real… Now I know we all get “blur” by now. How do you define reality now?

Now that we are on the topic, I just want to share that there are different kinds of Reality Shows namely:

Documentary style (Pinoy Big Brother (2005) (Philippines), The Real World (1992), Temptation Island (2001), The Simple Life (2003), Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004), The 5th Wheel (2001))

Elimination/Game Shows (Pinoy Big Brother (2005) (Philippines) – again, America’s Got Talent (2006), American Idol (2002) , So You Think You Can Dance (2005) – my personal favorite, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000), The Amazing Race (2001), Pilipinas, Game KNB? (2001), So You Think You Can Dance (2005) – personal fave 🙂 and etc… this category seems to be clear already so you know what I mean :))

Self-Improvement/Makeover (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003), The Swan (2004) (US), Extreme Makeover (2002), America’s Next Top Model (2003-2007) )

Renovation (Pimp My Ride (2004) (MTV, US), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003))

Social Experiment (Wife Swap (2002) (2003) (UK), Secret Millionaire)

TV Shows (just to many to name…)

Hidden Cameras (Punk’d (2003) – my favorite also *Ashton Kutcher* ~faints!~, Scare Tactics (2003), Wow Mali Mali, Just For Laughs Gags (Canada))

Hoaxes (The Joe Schmo Show (2003), My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss (2004?), My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé (2004))

I would like to define this one as people might be confused about this category.

In hoax reality shows, the entire show is a prank played on one or more of the cast members, who think they are appearing in a legitimate reality show; the rest of the cast are actors who are in on the joke
-Wikipedia

Parodies (Drawn Together (2004), The Office (US) (2005))

While not reality TV in the proper sense, these scripted parody shows reflect the level of pop culture status that reality TV has become.
– Wikipedia

Funny also.. the names of these reality TV shows are long and sometimes funny:
The Real Housewives of Orange County – Desperate Housewives and the OC combined?

Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004) – really…..?

Who Wants to Marry My Dad? (2004) – This one just funny title

How to Get Lucky (2005) (UK) – haven’t watched this… Luck could be taught?!? @.@

Shopping for Love (2005) (Australia) – That’ll be expensive…

Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000) – so long name… it’s like one of those spam emails… *whistles*

How Clean Is Your House? (2003) (2004) (UK) – errmmm… now I don’t want to enter this one

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003) – this one funny name but effective and yes… guys sometimes need help from gays… *whistles again*

What the Butler Saw (2004) (UK) – intriguing…

Wife Swap (2002) (2003) (UK) – how aobut Husband Swap? *whistles again*

Boys will be Girls (2006) (UK) – 😀 now I want to watch this 🙂

The Girls Next Door (2005) – yeah is popular among guys

Boiling Points (US) MTV – I know this one… but curious: Could they fire mtv for this? I mean…

Fire Me…Please (2005) – oh yes… why is this not showing in the Phil?

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (2002– present) (UK) – why where are you?

Be a Grand Prix Driver (2003) (UK) – OMG! OMG! I want to cast in Philippine version *drools*

Britain’s Worst Celebrity Driver (2005) (UK) – now what exactly do they tape/do here?

Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll (2007) (US) – why me dissapointed with this personally… There was no PCD after this and I just don’t want to say more.

America’s Most Smartest Model (2007) (US) – This is interesting! Complete package!

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