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Write to TV, 2nd Edition by Martie Cook

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WRITING FOR REALITY TELEVISION

 

REALITY TELEVISION IS NOT NEW

Reality television is a hybrid that combines the documentary and drama formats. It is unscripted television. Many people believe erroneously that Survivor was the first reality program ever to hit the airwaves. This is not even close to being true. Alan Funt first hit the air with Candid Camera in 1948, which was followed by a string of reality-driven game shows including Truth or Consequences and To Tell the Truth. In 1973, PBS launched the ground-breaking An American Family, a 12-part series centered on Bill and Patricia Loud and their five children. The Louds were a real-life family whose problems played out on the small screen. Issues that America tuned in ...

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