This distinction could be seen as a disservice to the segment producers and story editors, but it benefits the show in that it lowers production costs -- and it helps preserve the idea that the shows are real and unscripted.
It also allows reality shows to keep on rolling when a writers' strike hits, like it did in fall 2007.
Now the diabolical series, which premiered in 2014, has introduced a new element to the equation.
Each of the 16 cast members in its eighth season is, in the show’s preferred parlance, “sexually fluid.” There are eight pairs of perfect matches, but the contestants (and viewers) cannot assume they’ll fall along heteronormative lines.
The genre now encompasses unscripted dramas, makeover sagas, celebrity exposés, lifestyle-change shows, dating shows, talent extravaganzas and just about any kind of competition you can think of (and a few that you probably can't).
In the fall 2007 season, there were more than a dozen reality shows in prime-time slots on major networks and cable channels.
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Awkward Tuesday Phone Call Loser Line Missed Connections Phone Tap Second Date Shock Collar Questions Whatcha Doin' at The Courthouse?On channel after channel you see shows with truckers driving across treacherously icy roads in Alaska, two people telling folks what not to wear, and crab fisherman braving a mother of a storm.Now you're asking yourself, when did Elaine, Jerry, George and Kramer get replaced by Lauren, Heidi, Audrina and Brody?On any given night, you can watch "The Biggest Loser," "Dancing with the Stars," "The Real World," "I Love New York," "Beauty and the Geek," "America's Next Top Model," "Ultimate Fighter," "The Bachelor," "Run's House" or "Project Runway" -- to name just a few.By definition, reality TV is essentially unscripted programming that doesn't employ actors and focuses on footage of real events or situations.Reality shows also often use a host to run the show or a narrator to tell the story or set the stage of events that are about to unfold.