Some shows are more “real” than others
Lindasj22/Shutterstock Not all reality shows are the same, and some are heavily staged. On House Hunters, some of the houses toured on camera were reportedly friends’ homes that weren’t even on the market. And for day-in-the-life shows about different occupations, many producers fake scenarios (like a tree falling on a logger) to add drama.
Contestants will alter their entire personalities for us
John Salangsang/Shutterstock I once had a woman cast as a villain who turned out to be the nicest lady ever. As producer, I sat her down and said, “Listen, you were cast in this role. If you want to make good TV, if you want the series to come back and make more money next year, then you need to play along. If you don’t, you’re going to be cut out entirely.” It worked.
We love getting into contestants’ heads on camera
Cultura/Shutterstock The on-camera interviews are especially produced. You can nudge a cast member to think a certain way or tell them something that will change their tune. These are some of the most addictive TV shows on Netflix.