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Mad Men creator Matt Weiner on reality TV’s success and self-hatred

Matt Weiner, the Sopranos writer turned Mad Men creator and showrunner, admits that he “would find it a tremendous challenge” to produce an unscripted show, and analyzes the scripted world’s perception of reality TV.

All of that is in part one of his appearance on The Jay and Tony Show Show podcast, which Weiner taped last Monday. The conversation about reality television starts about 37 minutes in, though the rest is interesting, too, especially for fans of AMC’s Mad Men.

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Why reality TV worked and what changed, according to West Wing’s executive producer

When those who work in scripted television offer thoughts about reality television, the appropriate reaction is often an eye roll. Those kinds of critiques tend to come from people who don’t really watch or work in the genre, but who still feel qualified to make gross generalizations that unfairly malign all shows because of sins of a few (or many!). But the executive …

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The most “overwhelming and insane” reality show pitch ever

Someone claiming to be an anonymous New York-based “reality show producer looking for an assistant” has posted an ad for the position that mostly focuses on the producer’s pitch for a new reality TV series: the “Real Superman Show.” I’m honestly not sure if these 5,488 words are satire, epic performance art, or something that should …

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