Shock! Horror! Reality TV may not be real after all!
The link is to Lisa’s Neptune Comics blog, where she talks about the experiences of a friend who tried out for Who Wants to Be a Superhero Season 2 only to discover that the auditions may have been fakes, with the show competitors already cast.
I’m sure the friend was disappointed, but it doesn’t really surprise me that someone spending millions of dollars to create a TV show wants control over the results. Lisa says, “Kind of makes me wonder how much of this was “reality” and how much was scripted, staged, and edited.”
We learned that last year, when reality show writers struck to gain union representation. From their statement: “we are storytellers who take hundreds of hours of footage and create structured stories in script form.” All of it’s edited, created to set up good guys and bad guys and show us what we’re supposed to be thinking.