Steven Soderbergh says reality TV is “as far from reality as you can imagine”

Another Hollywood personality has found it necessary to kick reality TV in the stomach in order to promote his own new product. This time, it’s Steven Soderbergh.

The director of “Ocean’s Twelve,” who still owes me $6.50 for watching that, says reality television is “as far from reality as you can imagine and more fictionalized than the movies you see.” He argues that, on reality TV, “They’re forcing the issue onto characters” and trying to “force these people to be humiliated.”

Sounds like someone’s humiliated that his only major attempt at TV, HBO’s “K Street,” was about as interesting to watch as toenail clippings decomposing–and worse, was probably watched by far fewer people than tune in every week for Tommy Hilfiger’s The Cut.

Soderbergh: Reality TV far from reality [AP]

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about the writer

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.