Some of these shows enjoy massive worldwide popularity, and two of the biggest names in the game are ready to reveal why some work, and others bomb.
Dramality - the line where drama and reality TV blurs. And taste and quality often goes out the window in the quest for ratings, fame and riches.
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We have the perfect backdrops, not to mention a steady supply of ‘stars’ ready to say and do anything.
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TV insider, Craig Bennet says Brynne won over Australian viewers in last year’s Dancing with the Stars.
Despite “the abuse that was hurled at her, she suddenly dazzled,” he said. “She becase the underdog and people thought ‘we love you Brynne because you are being, well, I guess as real as Brynne could be’.”
There has been no shortage of flops in the dramality genre - like the ill fated Freshwater Blue.
Get the formula right though, and the rewards are huge says media analyst Steve Allen from Fusion Media.
“It’s fairly low cost, fairly low outlay and its fast to air. It can be made to look good and it’s a quick way of getting something to air. You know it’s going to cause a furor,” Allen said.
One of the dramality genre’s biggest stars Whitney Port thinks the latest batch of shows has crossed the line.
“They’re doing things for the sake of drama, and they’re literally getting in physical fights and saying awful things to each other that I just don’t think set a good example for anyone,” Port said.
As one of the stars of the biggest and the first, The Hills and the show’s spin off The City, Port used the shows as a launch pad for a career in fashion.
“I never thought I was going to get into it but it has given me the exposure for a clothing line and maintained my clothing line which has been amazing,” Port said.
But from the start Port says she set clear guidelines.
“I only wanted to be shown at work, I didn’t want any of my private life shown, and I wanted to be aspirational. I continued to do that through The Hills to The City - just showing that side of my career. I ended up showing a little bit more on The City because I had met someone, and I thought it would be fun to show that relationship. He’s actually Australian, but I don’t think I would do the personal on TV stuff again,” Port reflected.
As CEO of DWE Talent in Los Angeles David Weintraub is one of the biggest names in Hollywood in the world of non-scripted television.
“Having created and sold a lot of reality shows and managing the celebrities in the shows, the ingredients you need to make a hit show is big characters that are willing to show their lives, and have unique lives that have never been seen before,” Weintraub said.
Since then he has created ten reality shows and also manages a stable of reality stars from shows like Jersey Shore, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Keeping up with the Kardashians.
From the hotshot producer and the advice for the Aussie wannabes is clear:
“My advice for new reality stars like The Shire - they should focus on building their brand, getting as much face time as they possibly can on their shows, and doing some crazy stuff,” Weintraub concluded.This reporter is on Twitter at @RichoTT7
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