After watching "The Restaurant" my boyfriend and I got into a heated debate about just how staged/fake/posed/non-real (meaning scripted) the show was.
My argument is that it was very, very, very fake. My case begins with the guy who just happened to walk by and serve the financier with a lawsuit. I've worked in law firms for 8 years and never heard of a server stalking some one in order to serve them! Then, as Rocco realizes that his dream space is gone, he makes a call to his publicist (what does a chef need with a publicist anyway) on the corner of one of the most famous blocks in NYC (the flatiron building). Already seems rather staged....
But then, the "fight" between Rocco and his publicist at the gas station felt downright scripted and way too dramatic. The shots of Rocco dancing through his space which is being remodelled with glee and then with frustration just seemed forced and the "Landlord" that kept walking through with a malevolent musical accompaniment was just too much.
However, for me, the icing on this fake cake was when some equipment arrived which, according to the workers, was not in the right order. Furious, the financier calls his "Construction Coordinator" who not only answers the phone to deliver a very scripted 'yes sir - I'm right on that sir' but has a camera in his office. I don't think so...this little tiff was planned or I'll never eat pasta again!
Anyway, the boyfriend thought I was just being too critical - but did anyone else feel that this show was so downright staged/fake/posed/non-real (meaning scripted) that it really can't be called reality tv at all?