PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 8206 posts, RR: 19 Posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
Well I really enjoy watching Lizard Lick, Southern Fried Stings, Bait Car, and other similar shows on TruTV. I know Op Repo is actually a dramatization, but the other ones seem too realistic to make all of this stuff up, especially with a lot of the operations which involve the injuries/police intervention/stuff being destroyed.
So what's the jury saying about these shows? They call it "Actuality" as their tagline but I'm not sure if it is or not.
I hope so. I like watching real stuff happen on TV
Then there's the issue of suspension of disbelief, which in theory shouldn't even be a problem with a reality show. Take, for instance, the parolee in Episode 1, a tattoo artist who beat Bobby's ass on camera with the help of some biker buddies with no apparent fear of going back to prison. Folks, if you believe this stuff is "real," then you're about dumber'n a possum playing in traffic on Fourth of July weekend (or something like that).
But Ron and Amy insist the violence, at least, is real—they had a cameraman who was hospitalized with a concussion in Louisburg two years ago to prove it.
And Ron says there's a reason some people sign that release paper to appear on the show, even though they're risking prosecution for some of the criminal things they do on camera.
It starts with Ron agreeing to not have them arrested on the spot.
"I would never get the guy on TV" if that happened, he says. "I use the police as leverage."
Bobby talks a bit more candidly than Ron or Amy about whether some of the stuff on the show "really happens."
"Some does, and some they stage," he says. "I'm not gonna tell you any stories. Sometimes we have to egg 'em on a little bit: 'What you got? What you got? What you gonna come get me with?' We might have to ... poke 'em a little bit, to get them riled up."
And yes, some of their antagonists really are just excited to be on TV, he admits.
"Some people are like,'Oh, yeah! You need me to do something else?'"
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7586 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1852 times:
Quoting bohica (Reply 3): About the only thing real on TruTV are the videos on Most Shocking and World Dumbest. Even then I'm only about 75% sure they're real.
One clip from World's Dumbest (Partiers) showing a drunken partier climbing up a traffic signal mast-arm and then falling in South Philadelphia was indeed real. The incident took place just after Phillies won the 2008 World Series.
I remember the local news stations showing that video clip that following morning.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6189 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1759 times:
Quoting fridgmus (Reply 2): Pawn Wars, Storage Wars etc. I don't see how anyone can get excited over the contents of an abandoned storage unit!
To be fair, it is mildly amusing to watch them pull dollar values out of their ass for some of the crap they find.
And don't forget "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura". That one managed to royally piss off a number of congressmen, by portraying FEMA emergency camps as 'death camps', forcing TruTV to handwave that the show is 'an entertainment program on an entertainment network'.