Television shows have a wide variety when it comes to entertaining their audience. Often, innovations by new ideas entering this field, keep adding to the already kaleidoscopic spectrum revolutionizing the concept of entertainment. Visual mediums, being very effective, demand ever newer techniques to put across the countless ideas by new thinkers to effectively impress the targeted audience.
New and upcoming reality shows, have joined this bandwagon enriching the infinite potential of TV even further. Reality shows are by and large inexpensive and reach consistently the intended target.
A reality show should not be confused with a documentary where the subjects are directed to ignore the camera and act naturally. The television show features talents picked out of ranks ordinary people and not actors trained by profession. Hell’s kitchen a famous cooking competition has successfully completed as many as 7 seasons. The television producers shoot footage of several hundred of hours per episode and then creatively edit to make it presentable. Many reality shows resort to in between clipping of confessionals where private conversations are taped to narrate. The reality shows took a new turn with The Bachelor, a series where a bachelor gets to choose a bride from 25 prospective women.
Creativity, originality and innovative approach have added newer varieties and one such as The Big Brother, made about a man of twenty and odd in an apartment well furnished, and taping their public movements. This program has generated a lot of viewership and popularity. One would remember Jade Goody’s episode which had become the talk of the town.
The most popular of reality shows was the CBS ‘Survivors in 1999. Participants have to survive through various tasks which check their mental and physical strength. No need to tell that it received most unexpected rave reviews for its success as compared with all other reality shows’ reviews. The success heralded a host of another very famous show American Idol, which encourages and boosts the budding singing talents across America. This show has become so popular that it is being adapted in many different countries.
There has recently been some feeling of the gradual losing of sheen of these shows judging by the lack of interest shown in reality shows reviews. Probably the theme has got worn out but then finding an effective alternative has not been so easy either !!