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Bob Sirott's One More Thing about reality TV

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One more thing about reality TV. Whether it's Real Housewives, the Jersey Shore, or the Kardashians, people keep watching.

You'd think by now they would have run their course. I remember watching the first few episodes of "Survivor" --the show that started the whole trend--and being mildly amused and interested ---for a couple of weeks, and that was enough for me. Except for a few weeks when I got hooked on "Breaking Bonaduce" which chronicled Danny's train-wreck life, I haven't watched any reality shows--- mainly because they're fake.

"House Hunters" is a popular HGTV show about families who desperately need a new home.

But recently a woman who appeared in one episode revealed how it works. Turns out the couple on the show actually already chose their new house before they were selected for the program. Producers reportedly changed the story about why she and her husband were moving. Other homes they appeared to be considering were really just their friends' houses that weren't even for sale. Producers shot each scene six or seven times.

The publicist for House Hunters told Entertainment Weekly magazine:

"We've learned that the pursuit of the perfect home involves big decisions that usually take place over a prolonged period of time - more time than we can capture in 30 minutes of television. We're making a television show, so we manage certain production and time constraints while honoring the home buying process."

Right. It's all fake.

I have an idea for a reality show that would actually be real, it would be a surefire hit, and very easy to produce. You just find a guy who wants to get a good night's sleep---put him in a bed in a TV studio and keep a camera on him all night.

The show would be on live starting at about 1 am. It could be on all night. You'd be fixated on the guy to see if he's getting a good night's sleep, watching his positions, guessing what he's dreaming about. People would get up in the middle of the night to see if he's still sleeping.

Viewers would be texting and tweeting each other about his every toss and turn. And during ratings sweeps you could add a woman to the bed.


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