Long-running basic cable staple House Hunters (and its various iterations) are the lifeblood of HGTV, which sometimes seems to air nothing but half-hour after half-hour of incredibly picky people looking at three possible places to purchase, one of which seems to always fit the incredibly finicky buyers’ check list. Most of us have known the show is at least partially staged, but now a woman featured on the show pulls back the curtain even more.
Here is a personal story from one participant where she admits the ways the scenes were contrived and suites to make a show, not show a real event as it happens.
I don’t think ANY “reality” TV show is close to reality at all. They are staged, scripted and manipulated: whether it be House Hunters or Ghost Hunters. It’s TV and they are edited to be entertainment. Not everyone thinks that way, though. I’ve had several people mention that they believe these stories portrayed on TV shows are mostly true and not faked or not manipulated (much). If they hold that view, it DOES color the way they see the world. So, it’s good to continually remind people, especially young people, that these kinds of shows are designed to tell a “reality-like” story and NOT a story that accurately shows typical people or reflects the real problems and real decisions people must make in life. Huge amounts of details are left out and small dilemmas or loose ends are blown out of proportion.
Cue dramatic closeup of surprised faces.
Incidentally, I’m a bit surprised she didn’t have to sign a non-disclosure agreement.