chapter  6
10 Pages

Producing Reality

Despite common misperceptions, producers in reality television are

just as important to the quality and outcome of unscripted program-

ming as they are to its scripted counterpart. Like the storytellers

behind dramatic and comedic television, reality producers often need

to plot and point an entire season of “storylines” before network

executives will so much as green-light a simple pilot. Naturally, this

trend begs the obvious question: If reality television is so “real,” how

can a producer outline an entire season’s worth of storylines and

cliffhangers?