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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.
15th Dec '15 7:19:15 AM Gimere
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-->'''Sara M''', ''TelevisionWithoutPity'' recap of ''Series/{{Survivor}} Gabon''.

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-->'''Sara M''', ''TelevisionWithoutPity'' ''Website/TelevisionWithoutPity'' recap of ''Series/{{Survivor}} Gabon''.



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 ''BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''BigBrother''.) 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 ''BigBrother ''Series/BigBrother 2'', contestants were told not to mention the first ''BigBrother''.''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]].



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, TheMeanBrit, 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, TheMeanBrit, {{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]].



** 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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** 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..GenreSavvy.



* People on ''Series/JudgeJudy'' apparently just seem to love this, not realizing they're on syndicated television for all to see. Judy herself will often [[{{Lampshading}} lampshade]] this and mention that 10 million people are watching them embarrass themselves on TV.

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* People on ''Series/JudgeJudy'' apparently just seem to love this, not realizing they're on syndicated television for all to see. Judy herself will often [[{{Lampshading}} [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this and mention that 10 million people are watching them embarrass themselves on TV.



* Similarly, the home-redecorating program ''Series/WhileYouWereOut'' not only arranges for a family member to get out of the house while the team swoops in and helps the rest of the family redo the place, but invariably sends a camera crew along with him or her on some bogus pretense such as a documentary. Only ''twice'' has the stooge figured out what was going on; the first found out because his favorite radio station reported the presence of the show's distinctive vehicle in his town, while the second was told by one of the staff at the hotel he was staying at.
-->"Oh, you're the guy who's on ''Series/WhileYouWereOut'', right?"

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* Similarly, the home-redecorating program ''Series/WhileYouWereOut'' ''While You Were Out'' not only arranges for a family member to get out of the house while the team swoops in and helps the rest of the family redo the place, but invariably sends a camera crew along with him or her on some bogus pretense such as a documentary. Only ''twice'' has the stooge figured out what was going on; the first found out because his favorite radio station reported the presence of the show's distinctive vehicle in his town, while the second was told by one of the staff at the hotel he was staying at.
-->"Oh, you're the guy who's on ''Series/WhileYouWereOut'', ''While You Were Out'', right?"



* ''TheBachelor'' is especially bad about this, because more than any of the others, this show is exactly the same every time. Yet somehow the late dumpees always end up shocked ''shocked!'' that the guy who told them he might be falling for them, and with whom they really thought they had a "connection", and who slept with them in the Fantasy Suite, picked one of the other 24 women he was seeing while also seeing them.

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* ''TheBachelor'' ''Series/TheBachelor'' is especially bad about this, because more than any of the others, this show is exactly the same every time. Yet somehow the late dumpees always end up shocked ''shocked!'' that the guy who told them he might be falling for them, and with whom they really thought they had a "connection", and who slept with them in the Fantasy Suite, picked one of the other 24 women he was seeing while also seeing them.



*** The most {{egregious}} of all -- one season of ''TheBachelorette'' has a girl ''who was on it before'' and who ended up dumped soon after the show ended, so she went on it ''again'' to "find her true love". The ads for the season all but say this, saying that the engagement was broken off when "reality set in".

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*** The most {{egregious}} of all -- one season of ''TheBachelorette'' ''The Bachelorette'' has a girl ''who was on it before'' and who ended up dumped soon after the show ended, so she went on it ''again'' to "find her true love". The ads for the season all but say this, saying that the engagement was broken off when "reality set in".



* You'd think that the people being chosen to compete in ''Throwdown With Bobby Flay'' would have a clue that the Food Network wouldn't just randomly give them a TV show on their network out of the blue, even if it ''is'' allegedly a special... but some of them do.

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* You'd think that the people being chosen to compete in ''Throwdown With Bobby Flay'' would have a clue that the Food Network Creator/FoodNetwork wouldn't just randomly give them a TV show on their network out of the blue, even if it ''is'' allegedly a special... but some of them do.



* Referenced right near the beginning of the reality TV pastiche ''TotalDramaIsland'', where Heather remarks to Lindsay "Haven't you ever seen shows like this?" in "Not-So-Happy Campers, Part 2". Of course, if [[AlphaBitch Heather]] had paid a little more attention to such shows herself, she would've realized being a manipulative bitch wouldn't win her the grand prize...and it doesn't.

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* Referenced right near the beginning of the reality TV pastiche ''TotalDramaIsland'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', where Heather remarks to Lindsay "Haven't you ever seen shows like this?" in "Not-So-Happy Campers, Part 2". Of course, if [[AlphaBitch Heather]] had paid a little more attention to such shows herself, she would've realized being a manipulative bitch wouldn't win her the grand prize...and it doesn't.



* Some have stopped believing in ''Date My Mom'' as Reality TV. ''Every single time'' the daughter/son says to her/his mother what ''not'' to tell the date, the mother ends up saying it anyway '''without even being pressed on it'''! This might be a case of ''don't think about the white elephant''.

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* Some have stopped believing in ''Date My Mom'' as Reality TV. ''Every single time'' the daughter/son says to her/his mother what ''not'' to tell the date, the mother ends up saying it anyway '''without even being pressed on it'''! This might be a case of ''don't "[[IgnoreTheDisability don't think about the white elephant''.elephant]]".



* Tests of courage and loyalty or not, you'd think the contestants of ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' would realize that a reality TV series can't legally have them meet and interact with real prisoners who were arrested for murder. Or let the host be kidnapped. Or budget a giant monster version of said host attacking the city. Plus, considering the fact that most contestants bragged that they were huge fans of Marvel and comics in general, they missed following superhero rules like helping others in trouble or not giving away their secret identity. On the other hand, one cast member ''was'' GenreSavvy enough to figure out the twist when they were asked to pick who should be eliminated [[HeroicSacrifice that they were supposed to choose themselves]]. She even said to the camera later that "Stan's going to have to be a lot smarter than that to trick me." Which he was, as she found out the hard way.

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* Tests of courage and loyalty or not, you'd think the contestants of ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' would realize that a reality TV series can't legally have them meet and interact with real prisoners who were arrested for murder. Or let the host be kidnapped. Or budget a giant monster version of said host attacking the city. Plus, considering the fact that most contestants bragged that they were huge fans of Marvel and comics in general, they missed following superhero rules like helping others in trouble or not giving away their secret identity. On the other hand, one cast member ''was'' GenreSavvy enough to figure out the twist when they were asked to pick who should be eliminated [[HeroicSacrifice that they were supposed to choose themselves]]. She even said to the camera later that "Stan's going to have to be a lot smarter than that to trick me." Which he was, as she found out the hard way.



* People from the American ''BigBrother'' don't seem to have watched the show that often and expect to somehow win. Justified in Season 2 they didn't ''know'' what they would be facing, which is part of why Dr. Will was so revered and why Monica got so far. But that still doesn't excuse the rather ignorant mistakes, and it is in fact mind-boggling to see people make the ''same mistakes'' every '''single''' season.
** Perhaps the biggest is "Let's get rid of our own alliance before cleaning out the other side, especially when they're on the block!". This is perhaps one of the ''dumbest'' things you can do in BigBrother, unless the situation is like the Final Four of ''Big Brother 6'' (the one member of her alliance remaining, Janelle, had won Head of Household and was exempt from nomination). Only ''once'' has the "Let's remove our own alliance before finishing off the other side" move worked, and ''that'' was because of the most GuideDangIt Final Four Head Of Household question ever (the one involving the guinea pigs being the third preexisting relationship; had Sharon gotten it right, she would've won). Yet every other time? Janelle had ''no'' shot at the Final Two short of winning the final Head Of Household because Will & Boogie weren't planning on taking her, especially since Boogie was going to pick Erika. Zach was ''right there'' on the block with a huge "Evict me, I'm a floater!" sign on his face, but because they evicted Amber, he flipped the game around on the little Julie Chens. Then, Jeff decided to blindside Russel before removing Kevin and Natalie who had a 50% chance of winning the next Head Of Household over Jordan and Michelle because he thought that Russel would be a bigger threat than Kevin and Natalie. Except that the ''same'' mistake was made at least three times before, and not ''once'' did it work without suspected ExecutiveMeddling.

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* People from the American ''BigBrother'' ''Series/BigBrother'' don't seem to have watched the show that often and expect to somehow win. Justified in Season 2 they didn't ''know'' what they would be facing, which is part of why Dr. Will was so revered and why Monica got so far. But that still doesn't excuse the rather ignorant mistakes, and it is in fact mind-boggling to see people make the ''same mistakes'' every '''single''' season.
** Perhaps the biggest is "Let's get rid of our own alliance before cleaning out the other side, especially when they're on the block!". This is perhaps one of the ''dumbest'' things you can do in BigBrother, Big Brother, unless the situation is like the Final Four of ''Big Brother 6'' (the one member of her alliance remaining, Janelle, had won Head of Household and was exempt from nomination). Only ''once'' has the "Let's remove our own alliance before finishing off the other side" move worked, and ''that'' was because of the most GuideDangIt Final Four Head Of Household question ever (the one involving the guinea pigs being the third preexisting relationship; had Sharon gotten it right, she would've won). Yet every other time? Janelle had ''no'' shot at the Final Two short of winning the final Head Of Household because Will & Boogie weren't planning on taking her, especially since Boogie was going to pick Erika. Zach was ''right there'' on the block with a huge "Evict me, I'm a floater!" sign on his face, but because they evicted Amber, he flipped the game around on the little Julie Chens. Then, Jeff decided to blindside Russel before removing Kevin and Natalie who had a 50% chance of winning the next Head Of Household over Jordan and Michelle because he thought that Russel would be a bigger threat than Kevin and Natalie. Except that the ''same'' mistake was made at least three times before, and not ''once'' did it work without suspected ExecutiveMeddling.



* 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 ''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.
** Outside of ''Food Network Star'', she has continued to show RealityShowGenreBlindness. She went on to compete on to compete on ''Series/{{Chopped}}: All Stars''. She didn't need to show any of her characteristic smugness, but she did, [[WhatAnIdiot even though she keeps complaining on the ConfessionCam "This is not who I am."]] Unfortunately, for fans of Food Network, she ended up winning against GentleGiant Vic and going on to the finale. Once again, her arrogance cost her the ''Chopped: All Stars''. On that level of competition, you'd have to be ''better than an IronChef'' and have to be practically flawless in order to win. She made 2-3 major errors on her dish, which got her eliminated 3rd place.
** And then she takes this UpToEleven on a meta level. She starts going on a rant against Amanda Freitag over some saffron (which the other judges said was too much as well) and she promises to conquer Food Network for not giving her what she needs. Someone who places 7th on ''Food Network Star'', 3rd in ''Series/{{Chopped}}'' and is shown to be an overall {{Jerkass}} bitch is someone who does NOT deserve to get a show on Food Network.

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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 (or ''TheApprentice''-style) ''Series/TheApprentice''-style) tactics to eliminate the other contestants, openly [[{{HannibalLecture}} [[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.
** Outside of ''Food Network Star'', she has continued to show RealityShowGenreBlindness. She went on to compete on to compete on ''Series/{{Chopped}}: All Stars''. She didn't need to show any of her characteristic smugness, but she did, [[WhatAnIdiot even though she keeps complaining on the ConfessionCam "This is not who I am."]] Unfortunately, for fans of Food Network, she ended up winning against GentleGiant Vic and going on to the finale. Once again, her arrogance cost her the ''Chopped: All Stars''. On that level of competition, you'd have to be ''better than an IronChef'' Series/IronChef'' and have to be practically flawless in order to win. She made 2-3 major errors on her dish, which got her eliminated 3rd place.
** And then she takes this UpToEleven on a meta level. She starts going on a rant against Amanda Freitag over some saffron (which the other judges said was too much as well) and she promises to conquer Food Network for not giving her what she needs. Someone who places 7th on ''Food Network Star'', 3rd in ''Series/{{Chopped}}'' and is shown to be an overall {{Jerkass}} bitch is ''not'' someone who does NOT deserve deserves to get a show on Food Network.



** This is true of the similar ''BarRescue'' as well.

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** This is true of the similar ''BarRescue'' ''Series/BarRescue'' as well.



** ''TheBozoShow'' occasionally would have a child who just didn't understand the fairly simple Grand Prize Game (where you stand and toss a ping-pong ball into a row of buckets) and would instead walk over to the bucket and drop it in, causing Bozo to keep repeating the rules of the game. Many times the child was often somewhat slow mentally, and it called for increasing patience on Bozo's part to deal with the determined young contestant.

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** ''TheBozoShow'' ''The Bozo Show'' occasionally would have a child who just didn't understand the fairly simple Grand Prize Game (where you stand and toss a ping-pong ball into a row of buckets) and would instead walk over to the bucket and drop it in, causing Bozo to keep repeating the rules of the game. Many times the child was often somewhat slow mentally, and it called for increasing patience on Bozo's part to deal with the determined young contestant.



* Far too many people on ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' will say what they think the answer is before opting to Ask the Audience. This invariably puts the thought in the audience's heads, causing a lot of them to go along with the hunch. On harder questions, this renders the poll results useless at best and at worst will reinforce an incorrect hunch and cause the player to lose money on a wrong answer. Meredith Viera has revealed that players are now told in the pre-show briefing not to do this, yet some still do it!

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* Far too many people on ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' will say what they think the answer is before opting to Ask the Audience. This invariably puts the thought in the audience's heads, causing a lot of them to go along with the hunch. On harder questions, this renders the poll results useless at best and at worst will reinforce an incorrect hunch and cause the player to lose money on a wrong answer. Meredith Viera Vieira has revealed that players are now told in the pre-show briefing not to do this, yet some still do it!



* TheCrystalMaze, good god the Crystal Maze! It was a common thing for viewers to start yelling at their TV screens when stupid contestants couldn't spot the obvious solutions to puzzles, or just started doing stuff not even related to the puzzle. Now granted it's harder when you're on a time limit, you have five other people trying to give you advice and a BaldOfAwesome chap playing the harmonica. But sometimes it really did get ridiculous. Take a look at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U68PUwXUoQ this set of outtakes from the show.]] Note how even the production team starts insulting and laughing at them!

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* TheCrystalMaze, Series/TheCrystalMaze, good god the Crystal Maze! It was a common thing for viewers to start yelling at their TV screens when stupid contestants couldn't spot the obvious solutions to puzzles, or just started doing stuff not even related to the puzzle. Now granted it's harder when you're on a time limit, you have five other people trying to give you advice and a BaldOfAwesome chap playing the harmonica. But sometimes it really did get ridiculous. Take a look at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U68PUwXUoQ this set of outtakes from the show.]] Note how even the production team starts insulting and laughing at them!
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** 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

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** 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 seriesseries.
*** 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.
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