What comes with success in reality television? What comes with
failure? No matter how you slice it, reality television comes with
substantial baggage, whether you ultimately succeed or fail. Merely
toiling in the genre itself will result in others perceiving you in a dif-
ferent way. But how that “different way” is interpreted, of course,
depends on the beholder’s opinion of reality television-a format
that in many ways divides as much as it unites.