South Beach Tow stages scenes, truTV admits after faked scene captured on video

That some truTV shows are not reality TV but scripted nonsense is no surprise to anyone who has watched them or has heard what the network’s executives think about the reality of their programs. But the network has actually admitted that the Jennifer Lopez-produced show South Beach Tow stages scenes–after the production of one of those staged scenes was captured on video.

Radar reports on fascinating video that shows a crew prepping for a scene, including applying a wig to a man who gets it knocked off during a fight. Best of all is someone calling “3, 2, 1″ before the action starts, as if this was a scripted show. Oh wait, it is. A few moments later, cameras stop rolling and the guy who was “beaten up” pats the guy who attacked him on the back.

A truTV spokesperson told Radar that the show, which follows Tremont Towing, “features real people and is based on real situations. Due to production needs, some scenes are reenacted.”

The series, which has aired two seasons so far, is executive produced by Lopez and Bodega Pictures’ Joshua Ackerman, who long ago was a member of The New Mickey Mouse Club cast, and Ben Nurick, who worked on MTV’s True Life and was previously an actor.

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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.