REALITY TV: I used to call it my guilty pleasure. I was young, and ashamed. But now I'm old enough and wise enough to just accept that it's just a regular pleasure. No guilt here. You know what else is a regular pleasure? Learning about the effed-up, behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on during these train wrecks. We scoured the internet (*cough* Reddit *cough*) to find the best secrets, straight from the employees. Without further ado...
You know how ransom notes are sometimes cut out letters from magazines that end up spelling out something new? That's kind of like what realty show editing is like. Different things are cut up to be given a new context...and we're all okay with it for some reason. Because drama!
"I wasn't actually on a reality show but I almost was. We had to sign paperwork agreeing to "re-film" scenes that didn't look good the first time or things the camera didn't catch. We also had to agree that our words could be edited however they wanted (so they could basically take things out of context/manipulate the way we came across). Dropped out at the last minute though, so I guess I'll never know what it would have been like to be on tv."
Wait, Jersey Shore was scripted? What's next, their tans were fake? Snooki's real name isn't Snooki?! Life is meaningless!?!
"Believe me or not, i have no actual proof but a friend of mine's uncle is a barber in Jersey who during the first season of Jersey shore did Mike's haircuts and i think also Vinny. He said they had a script that basically said stuff like 'get drunk--flirt with girl (insert name) is dancing with---start fight---gossip about soso' etc etc.
I wouldn't be surprised if more shows had loose scripts like that. Not exact lines and such but plot lines they want you to do to/with unsuspecting people."
Apparently it's called 'House Hunters' because "People Who Already Happen To Live Here And Just Want To Be On TV" just didn't have the same ring to it. I mean, I guess that makes sense. No one wants to design that logo.
"Generally the people have already occupied the house/place they purchase on the show while the show is being filmed. Our acquaintances had to empty their house out so it could be staged. It was hilarious to watch because they bought it before winter and had a house warming when there was no snow. The show had them looking at it in the snow. They had asked to be on the show when they were looking and were shocked three months after when a producer contacted them. They told the producer they couldn't because it was already over and the producer didn't mind. Not ground breaking sh*t here, but still funny."
A deleted Reddit user recalled about the famous streaker on American Ninja Warrior. Sure, it was fake...but I choose to believe that his body is NATURALLY pixelated like that. Just so that I feel less alone. Uh...I mean, what? Nice weather we're having.
"I worked on American Ninja Warrior.
Member that time that video of a "naked" guy running around on the course? It was planned and fake, the "streaker" is one of the testers of the course, so he knew exactly how to do it, and he wore underwear.
PAs (only with iPhones, not Samsung) were called to go into the audience and film it and upload it to youTube. Yuuuup pretty dumb and lame. I laughed about it, thought "wow EPs are desperate" and went to Crafty and filled up on chips and soda."
The renovation costs on Property Brothers are pretty steep, but not as steep as you're made to believe. That's fine, it's not like I'm watching Property Brothers to care about the property. I'm too busy fantasizing about what Thanksgiving dinner would be like with the both of them.
"Even though they list options to furnish and renovate homes, the subjects only pay for renovation and sometimes only materials. The furniture is from the hosts' furniture stores and the show helps serve as an ad for that. So if you watch the show and see something like a 80K reno, it probably only costs the people like 10K."
"I worked for a bakery that was on, and won, CupCake Wars. The premise of the show is to surprise the bakers with a few, more often than not, odd ingredients and see what they're really made of. In reality, we found out the ingredients a few months before the show. Had we not known, there's no doubt we'd have lost. There are definitely people who thrive under pressure, both in performance and creativity, and they have better things to do with their time than crank out cupcakes for Food Network. Tell an unprepared contestant they have 40 minutes to make a delicious cupcake using tater tots and nine times out of ten you'll have a middle aged woman sobbing into her mixing bowl."
When in doubt...you might be in Canada. It's a life motto of mine that never made sense until right now. This is such a big day for me!
"They like to do shows in Canada but not explain that they are in Canada. It inflates the home prices and decreases production costs. They try to do things on the show to hide the fact that it is indeed Canada as well. Love It or List It is notorious for this."
The most important takeaway from this story is that pagers were once considered an important plot point. Now, if you don't know what a pager is, excuse me for a moment. I need to go sob into my mixing bowl again.
"My friend was on that old show "Taildaters" on MTV way back when (a guy would go on a blind date with a girl, and his best friend would be spying on them from a monitor and I believe was able to occasionally page them. Yes, with a pager).
In his episode, the date was going really well = boring. My friend told me that the producers pulled him aside and smoked him out and gave him some liquor - which led him to act weird and eventually get a glass of water thrown at him by his date. Now, I took this as BS and thought it was a way for my friend to spread an anecdote of how MTV smoked him out, but after watching his episode I noticed that in one scene he was his normal charming self and the next he was kind of slurring his words, had droopy eyes and started eating off his date's plate with his hands."
One time I was in Orlando over New Year's and I had violent food poisoning. While everyone else was getting drunk at EPCOT, I was in my hotel watching Pawn Stars. That's just something I really need everyone to know about me. Anyway, onto the story...
"A close friend of mine worked in casting for several shows. Most notably: Pawn Stars. She told me one night while we were drinking that around 90% of the time the people bringing items into the shop were NOT the true owners. They would scour the internet for people selling interesting things and then hit them up to see if they wanted to bring it on the show. If the true owners were total duds and not suitable for camera work, they would pay them a few bucks to take the item and have a trained actor bring it to the pawn shop for the purposes of the show."
"[Adam] Richmond, the guy from Man Vs. Food, got so sick and out of shape from all the crap he ate all the time that he could no longer be insured. They had to change the format of the show so that he would coach people in eating competitions, as opposed to doing it himself."
This story is rated R for REAL WORLD! Ladies, clutch your pearls. Or anything clutchable, who am I to assume that you have pearls handy? Anywho, a deleted Reddit user had this to say about the Real World :
"Not me but a guy I know used to be a dailies editor for Real World. There is a lot more f***ing going on than they led on. The cast members eventually got wise as to what could be shown on TV and stopped having sex under covers to just only having ball slapping rough sex in full view of the camera. They couldn't air that footage mostly because they couldn't really censor it in a logical way to show on TV."
Anyone who watches MasterChef Junior has seen Gordon Ramsey's softer side, but this is still pleasant to read. It's like seeing fan art of Darth Vader playing with a kitten. Confusing, but it feels right.
"Gordon Ramsey is actually a pretty nice guy. The Hells Kitchen restaurant is a set in a soundstage. The customers are usually friends and invited guests of the show and its crew."
"My cousin was on the B-team of the Apprentice ages ago. Before challenges go on the air, there's a B-team who runs them to check they are achievable goals. I've never seen the show, but I'd imagine it would be something like "Open a business with $30" and the B-team would try to run the challenge to ensure it is possible. If not, they'd go back to the drawing board."