Thursday, September 7

Okay, Bastards

Since apparantly you people (all 2 of you) have issue with my proclaming "American Idol" the most innovative reality show, I'd like to know what you think it is.

Rules:

  • Cannot be a half-hour game show
  • Must be the first of its kind
  • Has influenced other programs (in premise or format)

And I don't want any smartasses to say "Pop Idol" as its totally understood they're one in the same.

If there is truly a good suggestion, I will apologise and revise the original post. I'm woman enough to admit when I'm wrong, it's just never happened before.

Comment away, fuckers.

3 Comments:

Blogger Juan Horsetown said...

Survivor.

It provided the surprise ratings that allowed for the reality TV craze to start in the first place. It introduced the concept of strategy in the game, which there really isn't much of in AI but is in most of the rest. Without it, the good and the bad would never have been created.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did Idol do that was so innovative? The talent search format has been done as long as television has existed, and the call in voting has precidents as well.

The most innovative reality TV show would have to be America's Funniest Home Videos. That show has been on the air for 20 years now. It has the contest, the obnoxious host, ordinary people doing stupid things and a call-in based contest with results nobody ever agrees with. At one time it was also the highest rating show on TV. That was a long time ago.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

I would have to agree with Juan Horsetown. However, not about the "starting the reality TV craze" part, because I don't think Survivor would have been green lit (lighted?) if it weren't for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire reinvigorating the gameshow genre.

But I digress.

Cannot be a half-hour game show
It's not

Must be the first of its kind
Unless you count the original Australian version as something different, than it is.

Has influenced other programs (in premise or format)
Definitely. Big Brother, American Idol, Real World vs. Road Rules, Dancing With The Stars, and countless other shows stole the concept of "voting contestants out" as opposed to having judges decide. It also obviously influenced shows like that "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" and "The Real Gilligan's Island." I can't remember when Castaway came out, but Survivor may have helped that movie come about, too.

It was also the most watch reality show ever. Over 45 million people watched the premier of Season 2.

All that said, if you count The Real World, it's really the launching pad of all modern reality TV, so you can argue for that one. Nothing else comes close.

And I think Sam Smith wrote a 20 page paper on this subject, so maybe you should talk to him.

11:11 PM  

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