Polled people say there are too many reality shows, and most are “totally made up” or “mostly distorted”

The AP and TV Guide surveyed 1,002 people, and 80 percent of them said there are “too many reality shows are on the air. A separate 82 percent think reality TV “shows are either ‘totally made up’ or ‘mostly distorted.'”


Fifty percent of the same people said that “there are too many crime shows on television.” The irony, of course, is that both reality TV and crime shows are incredibly popular, so while there certainly has been oversaturation at times, people still watch.

The AP also managed to coax some specious arguments out of some morons, such as 42-year-old Brenda Sobol, who makes a good point and then transitions into an idiotic one. “They pick the personality types to fit a role,” she said. “I don’t think it’s really real. It’s kind of bogus. I think they pretty much know what the outcomes are going to be or they wouldn’t do the programs.”

Another genius is 66-year-old Joseph Passmore, who similarly mixes a relatively astute observation with a completely unsubstantiated hasty generalization. He said, “I think most of them are fake. Even ‘Survivor,’ they just show you the parts they want you to see and it’s been messed with too much. They have too much — what do you call it? — editorial control.”

Survey says: Too many reality shows [AP]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.