Week 12

3.Where do you think the future of reality television shows is heading?  Will new forms of technology for example make an impact? 

It is well known that reality TV shows became popular worldwide as a dominant type of TV program in the early 21st century. From the success of Survivor and Big Brother in the us, reality shows have developed rapidly since then. Among them, Survivor and American Idol have the highest ratings in the United States. It is foreseeable that reality shows will continue to be welcomed by the audience. Reality TV becomes an important member of TV programs in the near future. This is mainly related to the development factors of reality shows and new production technologies (Ikoro, Omessah & Ekevere, 2015).

Cherry (2008) believes that there are several factors contributing to the development of reality TV. The first factor is television’s struggle with other media outlets. Both pay-tv DVDS and the Internet have eroded free TV’s status as the primary media channel. As a result, reality shows provide a unique and, more importantly, cheap form of programming for free-to-air stations. The second factor is the economy, where reality TV has saved television from being replaced by competing media such as the Internet, DVDs and movies. As these shows have grown in popularity, so has their ability to generate revenue for broadcasters and show owners. The third factor is that on the social and cultural level, reality TV shows have an undeniable huge impact on contemporary society. Reality TV has been praised and criticized for a variety of reasons that are largely bordering on moral. Despite these shortcomings, its prospects are great because it involves issues of interest and concern to mankind. Based on these three factors, reality TV will continue to revolutionize the TV viewing experience.

The new production technology will promote the further development of reality shows. First of all, the application of digital camera not only makes the program picture more abundant, but also saves the shooting time and reduces the production cost. It is now much cheaper to shoot everything with more cameras, allowing studios to shoot from multiple angles and in more diverse ways. Secondly, the emergence of digital imaging technology makes the post-production of reality shows easier. It not only has great advantages in screening a large number of shots, but also has advantages in the synthesis of audio and video. Some large sensor DSLRS can capture stunning images, but not the same realistic and effortless audio. As a result, a second recording device is sometimes used, which doubles the number of documents taken at one time: one set from the camera and the other from the recording device. In this dual-system scenario, digital imaging groups video files with audio files, making it easier for audio files to find and synchronize all video files after they are published. This simplifies the post-production process and saves time and money in the long run. The new form of technology has changed the way reality shows are shot and edited and promoted the further development of reality shows (Reality TV and the New Future of Digital Production, n.d.).


Cherry, K. L. (2008). Reality TV and interpersonal relationship perceptions (Doctoral dissertation, University of Missouri–Columbia). Retrieved from: https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10355/5532/research.pdf

Ikoro, E. A., Omessah, C. C., & Ekevere, F. O. (2015). Reality Television or Television Reality Shows: Forms, Genres and Modes. Department of Fine Applied Art, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, 385-386. Retrieved from: http://www.springjournals.net/full-articles/springjournals.netglobalarticlesindex=6ikoroetal.pdf?view=inline

Reality TV and the New Future of Digital Production. (n.d.). Retrieved October 27, 2019, from: https://columbus.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/realityofrealitytv-millsjames.pdf

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