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11th Apr '16 9:32:07 AM ObsidianFire
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In {{Reality Show}}s, a camera which is set up in an isolated location (a small room or, in outdoor environs, a secluded area), where the show's participants appear individually to speak candidly about tactics, motivations, the other players, etc. A common feature of the RealityTVShowMansion. In many cases, ConfessionCam interviews are produced in such a way that they can be spliced into the regular footage at any point with ManipulativeEditing, and may be used several episodes away from when they actually took place. A few very GenreSavvy competitors (most of them female) have circumvented that by noticeably changing their hairstyles or make-up every day, very effectively limiting how much the footage can be misplaced.

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In {{Reality Show}}s, a camera which is set up in an isolated location (a small room or, in outdoor environs, a secluded area), where the show's participants appear individually to speak candidly about tactics, motivations, the other players, etc. A common feature of the RealityTVShowMansion. In many cases, ConfessionCam interviews are produced in such a way that they can be spliced into the regular footage at any point with ManipulativeEditing, and may be used several episodes away from when they actually took place. A few very GenreSavvy smart competitors (most of them female) have circumvented that by noticeably changing their hairstyles or make-up every day, very effectively limiting how much the footage can be misplaced.
2nd Mar '16 2:15:32 PM PurrElise
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* Seen, of course, in the faux-reality show ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. Like much of the show, it invokes the RuleOfFunny, so expect it to be used when it quite logically and explicitly cannot. For many reasons, including the fact that the confession booth is also an outhouse. Which is sometimes in use. When the camera is on. Thankfully, above belly button level.

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* Seen, of course, in the faux-reality show ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' and its SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace''. Like much of the show, shows, it invokes the RuleOfFunny, so expect it to be used when it quite logically and explicitly cannot. For many reasons, including the fact that in ''Total Drama'' the confession booth is also an outhouse. Which is sometimes in use. When the camera is on. Thankfully, above belly button level.
13th Jan '16 12:49:26 PM Nicolas-1223
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Trope name comes from an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' which parodied RealityTV; in this episode, the house which served as location for the reality ShowWithinAShow featured a closet equiped with a camera, dubbed the "Confessional" (which Marge interpreted quite literally).

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Trope name comes from an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' which parodied RealityTV; in this episode, the house which served as location for the reality ShowWithinAShow featured a closet equiped equipped with a camera, dubbed the "Confessional" (which Marge interpreted quite literally).
21st Nov '15 10:16:31 AM DaibhidC
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* A regular feature of ''Series/TheMuppets'', which has a similar format to ''Series/TheOffice''. In the first episode Gonzo uses it to decry the whole concept, saying it just gets used for cheap laughs based on HypocriticalHumor. We then cut back to the meeting, where he tells Kermit it's a great device and he loves it.

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11th Aug '15 12:20:30 PM Doogie2K
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* In the ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' DLC Enter the Dominatrix, Jane [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Valder(r)am(m)a]] interviews many of the Saints about one of their "deleted scenes," a story that was partially "shot" but never released called Enter the Dominatrix. It's implied that many elements of ETD were later reconfigured and reused for ''Saints Row IV'' itself, mirroring SR4's partial origins in the unreleased Enter the Dominatrix DLC for ''[[VideoGames/SaintsRowTheThird Saints Row:]]'' '''''[[VideoGames/SaintsRowTheThird The Third]]'''''. [[NoFourthWall More lampshades are hung than in a lampshade factory.]]

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* In the ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' DLC Enter the Dominatrix, Jane [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Valder(r)am(m)a]] interviews many of the Saints in this style about one of their "deleted scenes," a story that was partially "shot" but never released called Enter the Dominatrix. It's implied that many elements of ETD were later reconfigured and reused for ''Saints Row IV'' itself, mirroring SR4's [=SR4's=] partial origins in the unreleased Enter the Dominatrix DLC for ''[[VideoGames/SaintsRowTheThird Saints Row:]]'' '''''[[VideoGames/SaintsRowTheThird The Third]]'''''. [[NoFourthWall More lampshades are hung than in a lampshade factory.]]
11th Aug '15 12:19:20 PM Doogie2K
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* In the ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' DLC Enter the Dominatrix, Jane [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Valder(r)am(m)a]] interviews many of the Saints about one of their "deleted scenes," a story that was partially "shot" but never released called Enter the Dominatrix. It's implied that many elements of ETD were later reconfigured and reused for ''Saints Row IV'' itself, mirroring SR4's partial origins in the unreleased Enter the Dominatrix DLC for ''[[VideoGames/SaintsRowTheThird Saints Row:]]'' '''''[[VideoGames/SaintsRowTheThird The Third]]'''''. [[NoFourthWall More lampshades are hung than in a lampshade factory.]]

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19th Jul '15 9:54:59 AM nombretomado
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** Ditto [[{{Maury}} Maury Povich]].

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** Ditto [[{{Maury}} [[Series/{{Maury}} Maury Povich]].
28th Jun '15 12:27:00 PM Discar
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->''"Ahem. Um, my hair's not really blue. [beat] I need that tape!"''

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->''"Ahem. Um, my hair's not really blue. [beat] I need that tape!"''



The modern concept, similar in execution to documentary interviews, hearkens back to the granddaddy of television court shows, ''The People's Court'', wherein litigants would pause in the hallway after each case for a brief interview with the court reporter. Later, ''Series/JudgeJudy'' created the precedent (along with many many others) of eliminating the court reporter and having the litigants rant directly to the camera. And the ConfessionCam was born.

Trope name comes from an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' which parodied RealityTV; in this episode, the house which served as location for the reality ShowWithinAShow featured a closet equiped with a camera, dubbed the "Confessional" (which Marge interpreted quite literally).

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The modern concept, similar in execution to documentary interviews, hearkens back to the granddaddy of television court shows, ''The People's Court'', wherein litigants would pause in the hallway after each case for a brief interview with the court reporter. Later, ''Series/JudgeJudy'' created the precedent (along with many many others) of eliminating the court reporter and having the litigants rant directly to the camera. And the ConfessionCam was born.

born.

Trope name comes from an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' which parodied RealityTV; in this episode, the house which served as location for the reality ShowWithinAShow featured a closet equiped with a camera, dubbed the "Confessional" (which Marge interpreted quite literally).
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* The documentary-style ConfessionCam employed by ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' is probably the quintessential incarnation.

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* The documentary-style ConfessionCam employed by ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' is probably the quintessential incarnation.



* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' does a variant, as teammates almost always do them together.

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* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' does a variant, as teammates almost always do them together.



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* ''Series/ModernFamily'' uses this device, where characters complain about their family members.

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* ''Series/ModernFamily'' uses this device, where characters complain about their family members.



* Used in an episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' in which Abed is filming a documentary about his friends. Shirley even films a confession cam segment without Abed's knowledge.
* On the Hulu original series Series/{{Battleground}} this occurs. The interviews seem to take place after the ending of the campaign, showing where many of the characters are.

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* Used in an episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' in which Abed is filming a documentary about his friends. Shirley even films a confession cam segment without Abed's knowledge.
knowledge.
* On the Hulu original series Series/{{Battleground}} this occurs. The interviews seem to take place after the ending of the campaign, showing where many of the characters are.



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28th Jun '15 11:48:01 AM Discar
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* ''ModernFamily'' uses this device, where characters complain about their family members.

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* ''ModernFamily'' ''Series/ModernFamily'' uses this device, where characters complain about their family members.
16th Jun '15 3:57:25 PM nombretomado
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* Most television court shows such as ''JudgeJudy'' (see exceptions below).

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* Most television court shows such as ''JudgeJudy'' ''Series/JudgeJudy'' (see exceptions below).
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