Reality Programming

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  • A type of media program (usually television but also radio or Internet) that presents ordinary people instead of actors in situations that appear real and unscripted. Reality programming is a general term that can include game shows; talk shows, featuring real people talking about their problems; hidden-camera shows, such as Candid Camera; and competitions such as Dancing With the Stars and Project Runway. The People's Court (started in 1981) and Judge Judy are examples of reality court shows in which people agree to air their problems on television, in front of a judge who renders a binding agreement. Makeover shows are designed to follow contestants as their lives, houses, or bodies are transformed. Makeover shows include Extreme Makeover and The Biggest Loser for physical transformations ...

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