Whatever happened to television all I see these days are all these so called “reality” shows. Seriously how many wives of whatever can you have, competitive shows, celebrities whose 15 minutes of fame ran out trying to make a comeback, make over shows whether fashion, homes, business, gossip, etc. Seriously what is the point in television anymore. What happened to all the creative writers we used to make great legendary, forever in syndication shows. Why are we stuck with a bunch of mindless bullshit ass shows that get old after a few seasons. I get so sick of new “reality” shows popping up every second. Really does everything have to be turned into a reality show.
A little history on reality shows: First reality show 1948, Allen Funt’s Candid Camera show (based on his previous 1947 radio show, Candid Microphone) broadcast unsuspecting ordinary people reacting to pranks.
The first reality show in the modern sense may have been the 12-part 1973 PBS series An American Family, which showed a nuclear family(filmed in 1971) going through a divorce.
1980’s-1990’s reality shows like Cops (1989) created due to 1988 Writers Guild of America Strike, The Real World was inspired by the 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family It focuses on the lives of a group of strangers who audition to live together in a house for several months, as cameras record their interpersonal relationships. The show moves to a different city each season. Big Brother (1999) created by John de Mol where a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world. They are continuously watched by television cameras. Each series lasts for around three months, with 12–16 contestants entering the house. In order to win the final cash prize, all the contestants have to do is survive periodic evictions and be the last one standing. Survivor (1992) In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing the contestants to vote off other tribe members until only one final contestant remains and wins the title of “Sole Survivor.” The 1980s and 1990s were also a time when tabloid talk shows came to rise, many of which featured the same types of unusual or dysfunctional guests that would later become popular as cast members of reality shows.
2000’s Reality television saw an explosion of global popularity starting in the summer of 2000, with the successes of Big Brother and Survivor (in the US).American Idol (2002) singing competition America’s Top Model (2003) Dancing with the Stars (2005) , The Apprentice (2004), and so on and so forth.
So now we have a saturation of television “reality” shows its ridiculous and its not just television that has lost its creativity also movies have too. I mean how many remakes of the same old action, horror, comedy, and drama do we have to do . Then you have almost every last comic book character coming to life in the movies not just once but in 20 million damn versions. Seriously, the writers are just getting too lazy now instead of creating shows and movies with longevity all we get is a bunch of crap. And the sad thing about all this is that we the viewers just accept this (shakes head). Will the real writers stand up and put out some quality shows and movies already or do you no longer exist.