TV Texts Beyond or Outside of Narrative Fiction
TELEVISION’S VERSION OF REALITY:The TV World vs.“The Historical World”and The Presence of “Social Actors”
Key Programs in the History of “Reality” TV 1973 - PBS premiers its 12 part series, An American Family,a “typical” family is scrutinized for several months through 16mm cinema verité. 1992 - MTV’s The Real World, in which 7 diverse people are placed in a single environment to see how they react. 2000 - CBS’s Survivor, in which diverse adults are placed in a remote, primitive setting, given tasks to perform for an ultimate prize of one million dollars.
Four Modes of Non Fictional Presentation EXPOSITORY - Direct address; Persuasive intent INTERACTIVE - Producers Insert Themselves in the HW or Vice Versa OBSERVATIONAL - A type of Cinema Verite; no overt attempt to persuade REFLEXIVE - Acknowledging the TV Production of this ‘reality’
NON-NARRATIVE TELEVISION GENRES Newscasts - Local & National; Sports & News & Weather Sports Programming - Live & Recorded Coverage of competition & Talk Shows associated with them. Quiz or Game Shows - From shows like: The Price is Right & Who Wants to Be A Millionaire to Survivor & American Idol Numerous Reality Show - The Real World; Cops; Variations/Subgenres Big Brother; Deadliest Catch
Most Prolific Reality Show Auteur:Mark Burnett A Selection of His Productions: SurvivorThe ApprenticeMartha StewartAre You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?My Dad is Better Than Your Dad
Most Honored Reality Show Today :Has received numerous Emmy Awards, Including For EditingThe Amazing RaceCreated by Elise Doganieri & Bertram van Munster in 2001Main Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer