chapter  7
12 Pages

Where Ethics and Reality Collide

In early 2002, when I signed with E! Entertainment Television to

launch The Michael Essany Show, the concept of reality TV as it

is understood today was still very much in its infancy. No one knew

exactly how reality television would eventually play out. At the time,

of course, I was too much concerned with the future of my own

series to lose sleep over the entire genre of reality programming.