Well, it's still annoying whenever they're brought up, filler or not. :whistle It's clear that they influence the votes, big time.
I get sucked into to tragedy/sob story and am sitting there with tears streaming.
On Master Chef last week there was the burn victim. I found myself alternating between rooting for him and hoping he didn't get picked "just because". I was kind of broken hearted when he ended up not going forward. Then I find myself going "they better not have chosen someone gimicky over him" Was the beaver tail and fried chicken actually that much better?
Years ago there used to be a show called Queen For A Day and it was evaluated on the saddest story each contestant gave and who looked like they deserved to win only based on whose life was the worst! Maybe they should bring that one back again....
What's bugging me about reality TV is that it's getting less and less "real." The documentary-style shows used to be more documentary than scripted, but that balance has shifted. Pit Boss is completely contrived; Million Dollar Listing shows seem not only contrived, but scripted with bad acting; Duck Dynasty is pretty much fiction. That last one is really a shame because when you've got real characters who are fun and interesting, why not just let them be?
It's as if the genre is now controlled by idiot producers who lack imagination and creativity, so they just keep imitating the imitators until the final product is crap. The one exception is "Small Town Security," which kind of winks at fake storylines while it's indulging in them.
My personal pet peeve regarding reality shows is you never know if the person(s) you are watching are being their real selves or acting it up for the cameras. This "character" driven aspect of shows like "Survivor" and the "Amazing Race" ticks me off because, for myself, I would like to see how 'real' people behave under these stressful circumstances, not ones who are there to spin it into fame somehow. I could give a gargantuan list of fake "characters" on these shows, but I think everyone can think of them off the top of their heads quickly anyway.
Typically the sob stories don't accurately describe the contestant. One example was a contestant from a weight loss show. They tried to show her as a victim of divorce, but most saw her as a control freak and a narcissist. I instantly spotted her true character. After doing more reading about other contestants from other reality shows, I find out that the contestants aren't as pitiful as they're portrayed. There was one contestant from American Idol who really was the way he was portrayed. He was homeless: he lived in his car. He wasn't particularly talented: the show temporarily used him for the drama.
Tom Cotter from AGT 7's sob story = "I have a wife and kids and I need to pay bills!" Um ok. I bet you're the only one that was on the show last year that had that issue.
I think my biggest issue with most all these shows on the channels I get is that not only are they 2 hours long but they are on multiple nights a week. And now they're running multiple similar shows overlapping with each other and I just don't care anymore. I used to like that Masterchef show but could live without all the talking and game playing. Show me them cooking and learning how to cook not strategizing. I watch shows like that to get ideas for recipes honestly.
I don't know. I hardly watch any thing that falls into the game show/reality show category anymroe because it's just all the same stuff over and over again.
I was just asked to do a survey on American idol today. When asked about feedback. I mentioned its not fair the contestants have to perform mostly already knowing who is going home because of voter predictabilty. I suggested an overhaul in the way they obtain and count votes.
I mean after awhile I was like why am I watching this mess again?