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19 Honest Confessions From Reality TV Show Producers

"Reality" is a very loose term.

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2. "Unscripted" is a lot more of an accurate description than "reality".


Editors have to create a story arc just based off the footage they have. Sometimes this means editors have to create "frankenbites" – different sound bites from the same person mashed together to form a complete "sentence". This doesn't usually happen on every show, though, and it's often easy to pick up on.

3. And if two people are arguing, the producers will engineer scenes where they have to face off.


So if a producer hears Amy complaining to her friends about Josh, saying he's pissing her off, two hours later, Amy will mysteriously find herself sitting next to Josh at lunch.

6. If a character doesn't really want to say a line given to them, the producers can usually manipulate them into saying something that can be later edited to have a different meaning.

8. A lot of scenes have to be shot more than once.


So if a character does something that the crew wasn't expecting, they have to repeat it multiple times so it can be filmed from a bunch of angles.

10. The crew and cast of a show never really mingle.

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It's weird because the crew knows everything about the cast members' lives, and witness really intimate moments, but the cast knows nothing about the crew.

11. Camera operators have been known to save certain "adult" video files ~for personal enjoyment~.


Whether it's two people getting hot 'n' heavy, or someone getting undressed in front of the cameras.

14. If it's a competition show with a prize, the winner has to be legit.


It would be against the law for producers to make sure that the "audience favourite" is the winner.

This post was created with information found in various Reddit AMA threads.

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