History Main / RealityShowGenreBlindness

21st Jul '16 10:17:54 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Typically, the casting will try to avoid the GenreSavvy players because an entire season full of them wouldn't seem very interesting (one of the reasons recruiting is the go-to tactic for casting). It's the people who will fight with each other for petty reasons, [[SmallNameBigEgo ego cases]] who boast to the ConfessionCam, the spazzes who are borderline insane, {{The Mean Brit}}s, and the ImNotHereToMakeFriends types that make the show worth watching - not the DangerouslyGenreSavvy players who'd sit around and keep their mouths shut and set up [[ThePlan one clever plan after another]], or the genuinely talented people in talent shows. A common thing with reality game shows is that [[AwesomeButImpractical what makes a good show does not always make a good game]]; [[BoringButPractical and what makes a good game does not always make a good show]].

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Typically, the casting will try to avoid the GenreSavvy players because an entire season full of them wouldn't seem very interesting (one of the reasons recruiting is the go-to tactic for casting). It's the people who will fight with each other for petty reasons, [[SmallNameBigEgo ego cases]] who boast to the ConfessionCam, the spazzes who are borderline insane, {{The Mean Brit}}s, and the ImNotHereToMakeFriends types that make the show worth watching - not the DangerouslyGenreSavvy players who'd sit around and keep their mouths shut and set up [[ThePlan one clever plan after another]], or the genuinely talented people in talent shows. A common thing with reality game shows is that [[AwesomeButImpractical what makes a good show does not always make a good game]]; [[BoringButPractical and what makes a good game does not always make a good show]].



** Reportedly, it's possible the customers are fake and just acting along. Or maybe they're GenreSavvy and go for the floor show rather than the food. After all, who else would eat at [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hell's]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kitchen]]? Even if that's not the name given, the restaurant is clearly split up into two teams.

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** Reportedly, it's possible the customers are fake and just acting along. Or maybe they're GenreSavvy and they go for the floor show rather than the food. After all, who else would eat at [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hell's]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kitchen]]? Even if that's not the name given, the restaurant is clearly split up into two teams.
8th Jul '16 12:13:54 AM jormis29
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* It looks like many people who go to ''The Steve Wilkos Show'' have never seen an episode. Many don't realize that if you're not a "victim" then you'll probably get yelled at horribly and you won't be able to sit down on stage.

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* It looks like many people who go to ''The Steve Wilkos Show'' ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'' have never seen an episode. Many don't realize that if you're not a "victim" then you'll probably get yelled at horribly and you won't be able to sit down on stage.
31st Mar '16 10:51:51 AM Thranx
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** The wagering rules change significantly on Celebrity Jeopardy. Contestants get guaranteed minimums that will be donated to their charities (currently $15K, $2K, and $1K for first, second, and third) regardless of their final scores. Thus many celebrity contestants will bet all-or-nothing when they know they're in no danger of catching the leader. Unfortunately, this has led to Internet gossip painting certain celebrities as idiots for getting beaten with a zero score.
27th Feb '16 8:12:24 PM jormis29
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* On ''Series/TheColony'', a show about a 10-week experiment where several people are placed in a simulated AfterTheEnd environment, the volunteers are often portrayed as taking the setting completely seriously. Many of these scenes are obviously coached or outright scripted (especially obvious in the last episode), but some may not be, and the experts that occasionally comment on the show bring up cases such as the Stanford Prison Experiment where volunteers begin treating the experiment as real. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize the show is supposed to be a simulation, and actually acting like it's just a reality show would be [[{{Metagame}} Metagaming]], and no fun for anyone.

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* On ''Series/TheColony'', a show about a 10-week experiment where several people are placed in a simulated AfterTheEnd environment, the volunteers are often portrayed as taking the setting completely seriously. Many of these scenes are obviously coached or outright scripted (especially obvious in the last episode), but some may not be, and the experts that occasionally comment on the show bring up cases such as the Stanford Prison Experiment StanfordPrisonExperiment where volunteers begin treating the experiment as real. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize the show is supposed to be a simulation, and actually acting like it's just a reality show would be [[{{Metagame}} Metagaming]], and no fun for anyone.
21st Feb '16 9:46:22 AM Hanz
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** And yes, there ''have'' been incidents where the family didn't jump for joy. Several "home renovation" shows have released [=DVDs=] focusing specifically on families that ''hated'' their new digs. (There was an episode of ''Trading Spaces'' where one of the people saw their new room, was speechless, and then left the room and you could hear her crying.)

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** And yes, there ''have'' been incidents where the family didn't jump for joy. Several "home renovation" shows have released [=DVDs=] focusing specifically on families that ''hated'' their new digs. (There was an episode of ''Trading Spaces'' where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4pVZlRbwtw one of the people saw their new room, room]], was speechless, and then left the room and you could hear her crying.)
20th Jan '16 5:09:45 AM sturmovik
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Actually, it probably has more to do with ManipulativeEditing and/or the producers goading the "appropriate" reactions out of the contestants, or even outright telling them how to act. (Supposedly, on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', the contestants have been told that any time they mention a previous season/contestants, it won't be aired on film, and on ''Series/BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''Big Brother''.) Or maybe, as the more cynical of us might think, there's just no reality to it at all and the "contestants" are actors. Or, as the even more cynical might think, Viewers Really Are Morons.

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Actually, generating GenreBlindness is often baked into the DNA of reality shows. First, contestants are selected for personality traits that will cause them to act emotionally and impulsively. Once on the show it probably has more is standard practice to do isolate contestants from their friends and family and place them in high stress situations with ManipulativeEditing and/or the little sleep for weeks or months on end. If all else fails, producers goading will use ManipulativeEditing, goad the "appropriate" reactions out of the contestants, or even outright telling them how to act. (Supposedly, on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', the contestants have been told that any time they mention a previous season/contestants, it won't be aired on film, and on ''Series/BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''Big Brother''.) Or maybe, as the more cynical of us might think, there's just no reality to it at all and the "contestants" are actors. Or, as the even more cynical might think, Viewers Really Are Morons.
20th Jan '16 4:56:41 AM Gimere
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* Series/CelebrityRehabWithDrDrew had many patients go on the show assuming it was a more scripted production and less a "real" rehab. Even after a few seasons made it clear it was a real show.

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* Series/CelebrityRehabWithDrDrew ''Series/CelebrityRehabWithDrDrew'' had many patients go on the show assuming it was a more scripted production and less a "real" rehab. Even after a few seasons made it clear it was a real show.



* ''Series/WifeSwap'' and its derivatives. The families always seem to be shocked by how different the other family is from theirs (in fact, the producers tend to deliberately pick radically-different families). Sometimes they appear to be utterly flabbergasted by the notion that "rule change" will alter their household in ways they don't like, and at times a particularly controlling husband will even insist that nothing is going to change in his house. Didn't these people know what they were getting into when they auditioned for the show? They only could've figured it out from watching any episode. Of course, these people are chosen precisely because of their curiously insular views.

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* On ''Series/WifeSwap'' and its derivatives. The derivatives, the families always seem to be shocked by how different the other family is from theirs (in fact, the producers tend to deliberately pick radically-different families). Sometimes they appear to be utterly flabbergasted by the notion that "rule change" will alter their household in ways they don't like, and at times a particularly controlling husband will even insist that nothing is going to change in his house. Didn't these people know what they were getting into when they auditioned for the show? They only could've figured it out from watching any episode. Of course, these people are chosen precisely because of their curiously insular views.



** Time and time again, there will be at least one contestant per season that will continually undermine the whole team by being a complete bitch to the team or going against what the team is trying to achieve all because they want to be the top player or be credited for doing all the work. This usually gets the person a nasty verbal lashing from Gordon since someone who isn't a team player can cause everyone to fail.

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** Time and time again, there will be at least one contestant per season that will continually undermine the whole team by being a [[{{Jerkass}} complete bitch bitch]] to the team or going against what the team is trying to achieve all because they want to be the top player or be credited for doing all the work. This usually gets the person a nasty verbal lashing from Gordon since someone who isn't a team player can cause everyone to fail.



*** You would think that the restaurants chosen to appear in later seasons would get wise to this fact, but if anything, it's gotten even worse. The infamous "Amy's Baking Company" episode had the co-owners bring in Ramsay to "help prove the haters wrong", even though a cursory search of his work would reveal that he lambasts restaurants who lie about their food and/or insult their customers/staff. In fact, on the night before taping, they threatened to call the cops on a customer who hadn't received his food and hadn't even paid yet ''while the camera crew was there setting up'', which (of course) made it into the final episode. It should go without saying that being nice to Ramsay/the diners would be paramount while the cameras are running, but many still ignore this lesson.

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*** You would think that the restaurants chosen to appear in later seasons would get wise to this fact, but if anything, it's gotten even worse.''even worse''. The infamous "Amy's Baking Company" episode had the co-owners bring in Ramsay to "help prove the haters wrong", even though a cursory search of his work would reveal that he lambasts restaurants who lie about their food and/or insult their customers/staff. In fact, on the night before taping, they threatened to call the cops on a customer who hadn't received his food and hadn't even paid yet ''while the camera crew was there setting up'', which (of course) made it into the final episode. It should go without saying that being nice to Ramsay/the both Ramsay and the diners would be paramount while the cameras are running, but many still ignore this lesson.



** Early seasons showed the kitchen ''will'' be inspected for cleanliness and food storage for sanitation. If it is not absolutely spotless, expect every last smudge of dirt or rotten food to be shown in loving, revolting close-up. Somehow the restaurants never learn...

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** Early seasons showed the kitchen ''will'' be inspected for cleanliness and food storage for sanitation. If it is not absolutely spotless, expect every last smudge of dirt or rotten food to be shown in loving, revolting [[SarcasmMode loving]], [[NauseaFuel revolting]] close-up. Somehow the restaurants never learn...



** In ''Survivor: Fiji'', ironically, the car-curse became self-fulfilling. A contestant won the car and traded it in exchange for a promise. The contestant who received the car broke the promise, resulting in the original winner's elimination and his progression to the final round...where his actions had so disgusted the rest of the players that he was immediately on the wrong side of the first unanimous victory in the history of the series.
*** Earlier, on ''Survivor: Guatemala'', a contestant wins the car, but Jeff then points out the curse and gives her the chance to give the car back. In exchange, the other four contestants still in the game at that point would all receive cars. She kept her car, taking it off the table for the rest of the tribe, and the car-curse became self-fulfilling when they ganged up on her and voted her out at the next Tribal Council.
** Subverted when Todd Herzog, after winning ''Survivor: China'', explained that he was a longtime fan of the show and, essentially, that he had watched enough of it to become GenreSavvy.

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** In ''Survivor: Fiji'', ''Fiji'', ironically, the car-curse became self-fulfilling. A contestant won the car and traded it in exchange for a promise. The contestant who received the car broke the promise, resulting in the original winner's elimination and his progression to the final round...where his actions had so disgusted the rest of the players that he was immediately on the wrong side of the first unanimous victory in the history of the series.
*** Earlier, on ''Survivor: Guatemala'', ''Guatemala'', a contestant wins the car, but Jeff then points out the curse and gives her the chance to give the car back. In exchange, the other four contestants still in the game at that point would all receive cars. She kept her car, taking it off the table for the rest of the tribe, and the car-curse became self-fulfilling when they ganged up on her and voted her out at the next Tribal Council.
** Subverted when Todd Herzog, after winning ''Survivor: China'', ''China'', explained that he was a longtime fan of the show and, essentially, that he had watched enough of it to become GenreSavvy.



*** Subverted by Jane in ''Survivor: Nicaragua'', who had fire within the first hour of the game. When she was at Tribal council, she literally said "Why would anyone come on ''Survivor'' without knowing how to make fire?" and said she practiced for two months. Jeff Probst was actually surprised that someone listened.
** There are also people who aren't thinking about getting appropriate clothing. Sometimes this is actually justified, because they aren't often ''told'' they're going to start the game and are often told they're going to a promo event...which was a big twist in Pearl Islands. (During the final two tribal council, Lilian stated she wouldn't have worn her scoutmaster uniform if she had known they were going to the game instead of a promotional event. In the same season, Savage would've also not worn a bloody tuxedo.)
*** In Palau, Tom's wife suggested that he layer up and put his swimsuit on under his sweat pants. Turns out, she was right in suspecting another ''Pearl Islands''-style deception.

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*** Subverted by Jane in ''Survivor: Nicaragua'', ''Nicaragua'', who had fire within the first hour of the game. When she was at Tribal council, she literally said "Why would anyone come on ''Survivor'' without knowing how to make fire?" and said she practiced for two months. Jeff Probst was actually surprised that someone listened.
** There are also people who aren't thinking about getting appropriate clothing. Sometimes this is actually justified, because they aren't often ''told'' they're going to start the game and are often told they're going to a promo event...which was a big twist in Pearl Islands.''Pearl Islands''. (During the final two tribal council, Lilian stated she wouldn't have worn her scoutmaster uniform if she had known they were going to the game instead of a promotional event. In the same season, Savage would've also not worn a bloody tuxedo.)
*** In Palau, ''Palau'', Tom's wife suggested that he layer up and put his swimsuit on under his sweat pants. Turns out, she was right in suspecting another ''Pearl Islands''-style deception.



*** However, while savvy to the mechanics of the game (the front end), Russell was blind to its core (the back end) games like ''Survivor'' are ''social'' games; evicted players have to like you (or at least respect you despite what you did) before they vote for you to win. Russell didn't grasp this (while the aforementioned completely GenreBlind players ''did''), and paid the price when only ''two'' jurors voted for him. (Russell ''still'' didn't get it by the Heroes vs. Villains reunion, even claiming that [[CompletelyMissingThePoint America needed to control a portion of the votes]].)

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*** However, while savvy to the mechanics of the game (the front end), Russell was blind to its core (the back end) games like ''Survivor'' are ''social'' games; evicted players have to like you (or at least respect you despite what you did) before they vote for you to win. Russell didn't grasp this (while the aforementioned completely GenreBlind players ''did''), and paid the price when only ''two'' jurors voted for him. (Russell ''still'' didn't get it by the Heroes ''Heroes vs. Villains Villains'' reunion, even claiming that [[CompletelyMissingThePoint America needed to control a portion of the votes]].)



** Subverted somewhat in Season 3, where the winning team's advert was ''deliberately'' produced in a cheap-looking way to go with the theme of their product, although the opposing team fell into the usual trap and produced a slick but meaningless advert.

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** Subverted somewhat in Season 3, where the winning team's advert was ''deliberately'' [[StylisticSuck deliberately produced in a cheap-looking way way]] to go with the theme of their product, although the opposing team fell into the usual trap and produced a slick but meaningless advert.



* S7 of ''Series/TheNextFoodNetworkStar'' featured Penny Davidi who ''lives'' on this trope (as far as fans of Creator/FoodNetwork are concerned)...for all the [[WrongGenreSavvy wrong reasons]]. The prize for winning (or doing exceptionally well) on this show is having your own series on Food Network and eventually becoming a star. In order to win (or perhaps do very well), you would have to be able to cook very well under time pressure, have skills to work the audience, and be able to hold and develop a sizable fanbase. The problem with Penny? She has the cooking chops, but she has the '''wrong''' TV chops. What does she do? She eagerly begins deploying ''Series/{{Survivor}}''-style (or ''Series/TheApprentice''-style) tactics to eliminate the other contestants, openly [[HannibalLecture brags about it to the other contestants]] and to the ConfessionCam in the most sickeningly SmugSnake way possible, and in general is the biggest {{Jerkass}} in the show's history and [[{{WhatAnIdiot}} thinks she can slide through anyway]] because "I have a plan to win." But then, [[{{HoistByHisOwnPetard}} her plan to use blatantly cutthroat tactics only served to alienate the audience more and more with each passing week until the judges couldn't ignore her smugness anymore and eliminated her from the competition.]] ''Food Network Star'' may be a reality show, but it's not the same kind of reality show as ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', and not knowing the difference can backfire on you in a major way.

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* S7 of ''Series/TheNextFoodNetworkStar'' featured Penny Davidi who ''lives'' on this trope (as far as fans of Creator/FoodNetwork are concerned)...for all the [[WrongGenreSavvy wrong reasons]]. The prize for winning (or doing exceptionally well) on this show is having your own series on Food Network and eventually becoming a star. In order to win (or perhaps do very well), you would have to be able to cook very well under time pressure, have skills to work the audience, and be able to hold and develop a sizable fanbase. The problem with Penny? She has the cooking chops, but she has the '''wrong''' TV chops. What does she do? She eagerly begins deploying ''Series/{{Survivor}}''-style ''Survivor''-style (or ''Series/TheApprentice''-style) ''The Apprentice''-style) tactics to eliminate the other contestants, openly [[HannibalLecture brags about it to the other contestants]] and to the ConfessionCam in the most sickeningly SmugSnake way possible, and in general is the biggest {{Jerkass}} in the show's history and [[{{WhatAnIdiot}} thinks she can slide through anyway]] because "I have a plan to win." But then, [[{{HoistByHisOwnPetard}} her plan to use blatantly cutthroat tactics only served to alienate the audience more and more with each passing week until the judges couldn't ignore her smugness anymore and eliminated her from the competition.]] ''Food Network Star'' may be a reality show, but it's not the same kind of reality show as ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', and not knowing the difference can backfire on you in a major way.



* Anybody who watches ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' on a regular basis would know that in "reorder the digits" games like Safe Crackers or Ten Chances, if there's a lone "0" digit in a price, it's almost always the last digit. After all, manufacturers tend to price their products at round numbers (or AndNinetyNineCents, which ''Price'' rounds to the nearest dollar). Yet far too many WhatAnIdiot moments occur when a contestant puts the 0 in the ''second-to-last'' slot (such as $607).

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* Anybody who watches ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' on a regular basis would know that in "reorder the digits" games like Safe Crackers or Ten Chances, if there's a lone "0" digit in a price, it's almost always the last digit. After all, manufacturers tend to price their products at round numbers (or AndNinetyNineCents, ([[AndNinetyNineCents or something in ending in 99 cents]], which ''Price'' rounds to the nearest dollar). Yet far too many WhatAnIdiot moments occur when a contestant puts the 0 in the ''second-to-last'' slot (such as $607).
15th Jan '16 3:29:12 PM Anddrix
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Actually, it probably has more to do with ManipulativeEditing and/or the producers goading the "appropriate" reactions out of the contestants, or even outright telling them how to act. (Supposedly, on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', the contestants have been told that any time they mention a previous season/contestants, it won't be aired on film, and on ''Series/BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''Big Brother''.) Or maybe, as the more cynical of us might think, there's just no reality to it at all and the "contestants" are actors. Or, as the even more cynical might think, [[ViewersAreMorons Viewers Really Are Morons]].

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Actually, it probably has more to do with ManipulativeEditing and/or the producers goading the "appropriate" reactions out of the contestants, or even outright telling them how to act. (Supposedly, on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', the contestants have been told that any time they mention a previous season/contestants, it won't be aired on film, and on ''Series/BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''Big Brother''.) Or maybe, as the more cynical of us might think, there's just no reality to it at all and the "contestants" are actors. Or, as the even more cynical might think, [[ViewersAreMorons Viewers Really Are Morons]].Morons.
5th Jan '16 10:31:44 PM Gimere
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** And yes, there ''have'' been incidents where the family didn't jump for joy. Several "home renovation" shows have released [=DVDs=] focusing specifically on families that ''hated'' their new digs. (There was an episode of ''Series/TradingSpaces'' where one of the people saw their new room, was speechless, and then left the room and you could hear her crying.)

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** And yes, there ''have'' been incidents where the family didn't jump for joy. Several "home renovation" shows have released [=DVDs=] focusing specifically on families that ''hated'' their new digs. (There was an episode of ''Series/TradingSpaces'' ''Trading Spaces'' where one of the people saw their new room, was speechless, and then left the room and you could hear her crying.)



** Amusingly enough, the ''viewers'' became more Genre-Savvy. The first ''BigBrother'' had all the "interesting" houseguests who'd make drama voted out first, while the viewers complained the people left were boring. In The Glass House, Alex was voted out for being a drama whore by people who knew that if Alex remained in the house, the house would remain united against him, and that the lack of a common target would cause cracks to split in the house.

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** Amusingly enough, the ''viewers'' became more Genre-Savvy. The first ''BigBrother'' ''Series/BigBrother'' had all the "interesting" houseguests who'd make drama voted out first, while the viewers complained the people left were boring. In The Glass House, Alex was voted out for being a drama whore by people who knew that if Alex remained in the house, the house would remain united against him, and that the lack of a common target would cause cracks to split in the house.
5th Jan '16 12:34:59 PM Den
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* Each episode of Series/PropertyBrothers begins with the hosts showing the couple a house that is hundreds of thousands of dollars above their price range. The couple always falls in love with the house and is shocked that it's so unaffordable. The Scotts then leverage that shock into acceptance of their plan to renovate a much cheaper house instead.
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