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16th Oct '16 2:27:43 PM Whitewings
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* In ''[[Series/CanadasWorstDriver Canada's Worst Driver,]]'' the water tank challenge is included in every single season. Only three people (not counting Andrew) have ever thought to bring a change of clothes to the set: Eric in Season 2, and Michael and Yolanda in ''Ever.'' And every person in ''Ever'' was a ''returning participant!''[[/folder]]
14th Oct '16 8:51:29 AM MrChips2301
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* Spectacularly averted by Michael Larson, who managed to memorize the "random" game board patterns on PressYourLuck, won $110,237 ($255,540 in 2016 money) and made that particular game last so long that it had to be split into two episodes. This was enough of an OldShame that CBS [[MissingEpisode didn't let those episodes be re-aired for 19 years]], and they only saw the light of day again as part of a documentary about the scandal.
23rd Sep '16 12:28:31 AM bwburke94
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-->'''Sara M''', ''Website/TelevisionWithoutPity'' recap of ''Series/{{Survivor}} Gabon''.

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



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 is standard practice to isolate contestants from their friends and family and place them in high stress situations with little sleep for weeks or months on end. Several contestants across several different reality shows have also reported that the producers are more than happy to ensure that there is plenty of alcohol to go around on the set, setting up great conditions for a lot of AlcoholInducedIdiocy. If all else fails, producers 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.

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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 is standard practice to isolate contestants from their friends and family and place them in high stress situations with little sleep for weeks or months on end. Several contestants across several different reality shows have also reported that the producers are more than happy to ensure that there is plenty of alcohol to go around on the set, setting up great conditions for a lot of AlcoholInducedIdiocy. If all else fails, producers 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 the American ''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.



** 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 [[SarcasmMode loving]], [[NauseaFuel 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 [[SarcasmMode loving]], [[NauseaFuel revolting]] close-up.revolting close-up]]. Somehow the restaurants never learn...



** 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.)

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** 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, Final 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.tuxedo of all things.)



*** Justified in later seasons, where the outfits worn by the castaways while on the island are picked/approved by the producers, not the contestants. This is partially used to appropriately color code outfits for the castaway's intended tribe and partially used so the producers can create their character through easily identifiable visual cues (Dan Lembo's $1,600 alligator shoes in ''Nicaragua'' spring to mind, as they instantly revealed his status as an out of his element city slicker.) Similarly, Candice Cody interviewed that her personal swimsuit choices for ''Heroes vs Villains'' were all declined because they weren't sexy enough.

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*** Justified in later seasons, where the outfits worn by the castaways while on the island are picked/approved by the producers, not the contestants. This is partially used to appropriately color code outfits for the castaway's intended tribe and partially used so the producers can create their character through easily identifiable visual cues (Dan Lembo's $1,600 alligator shoes in ''Nicaragua'' spring to mind, as they instantly revealed his status as an out of his element city slicker.) Similarly, Candice Cody (nee Woodcock) interviewed that her personal swimsuit choices for ''Heroes vs vs. Villains'' were all declined because they weren't sexy enough.



** Part of the reason Russell Hantz got so far in ''Samoa'' was because almost all the other players appeared to be completely GenreBlind Galu not shaking off their outsider when they had the chance, Shambo voting personally, Galu deciding to vote off their own teammate with a hidden Immunity Idol instead of [[FanNickname Pagonging]] the four players left, players practically being shown a map ''to the hidden Immunity Idol'' for the first time ''ever'' and ''not even bothering to look for it'', never learning to keep an eye on the Idol-hunting Russell, John changing his vote, etc. (Note we said "''almost''" Natalie saw the dumb people voting the smart out, so she used ObfuscatingStupidity instead and ended up with the big bucks. Not only to his dismay but to the [[FanNickname Hantz Nation]].)

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** Part of the reason Russell Hantz got so far in ''Samoa'' was because almost all the other players appeared to be completely GenreBlind Galu not shaking voting off their outsider when they had the chance, Shambo voting personally, Galu deciding to vote off their own teammate with a hidden Immunity Idol instead of [[FanNickname Pagonging]] the four players left, players practically being shown a map ''to the hidden Immunity Idol'' for the first time ''ever'' and ''not even bothering to look for it'', never learning to keep an eye on the Idol-hunting Russell, John changing his vote, etc. (Note we said "''almost''" Natalie saw the dumb people voting the smart out, so she used ObfuscatingStupidity instead and ended up with the big bucks. Not only to his dismay but to the [[FanNickname Hantz Nation]].)
30th Jul '16 1:26:45 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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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 is standard practice to isolate contestants from their friends and family and place them in high stress situations with little sleep for weeks or months on end. If all else fails, producers 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.

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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 is standard practice to isolate contestants from their friends and family and place them in high stress situations with little sleep for weeks or months on end. Several contestants across several different reality shows have also reported that the producers are more than happy to ensure that there is plenty of alcohol to go around on the set, setting up great conditions for a lot of AlcoholInducedIdiocy. If all else fails, producers 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.
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.
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