Re: Reality show, same thing over and over

Responding to dmonis’ post on reality shows,

I find it interesting how the producers of the shows can use the same formula over and over again and still get the ratings they want.

Lets look at the popular reality show, Flavor of Love that “started” it all.

After watching Flavor of love I, II, and III, I’ve noticed a pattern going on:

Meet the contestants -> weed them out -> choose the winner -> reunion -> doesn’t work out -> new season -> *repeat*

The challenges bring a little diversity into the challenges but what makes these reality shows a big hit? The storyline is same, Flavor Flave is trying to find love, the thing doesn’t work out, and he’s at it again for more potential love.

Flavor of Flave started I Love New York which brought two more seasons to the reality show checklist.

Lack of Creativity? I think so.

What makes these shows unique are the contestants that gets put into the house. I’ve seen alot of scenes where the girls/men fought (pumpkin spitting, buddha/tailor made fighting etc) like there is not tomorrow. I have never seen that anywhere before!

I kept asking myself, what else is there that makes these shows such a big hit? Is it the flamboyant character of Flavor Flave and New York that makes it a huge hit? Probably, but as I kept asking these questions, it got me to think about the origins of these love seeking reality shows.

What I can think as of now are the shows, bachelor. A rich guy looking for a women to date. The formula that Flavor of Love used was there. But what made his show “pop” even more?

As I read some threads on our site, it got me to question if race had anything to do with it.

I have never saw any African/Dark Skinned Bachelor looking for love on TV. Even if there were Black Bachelors on the show, they would’ve been more mannered and well educated.

Where am I going with this?

I’m tying with the movie that we saw for our last class together. Just as the show in the movie became so much popular because it showcased the stereotypes of Black people, could it be that I Love New York and Flavor of Love is popular because of that as well? People spitting, fighting, backstabbing, cursing like there is no tomorrow, and partying wildly. Flavor of Flave acting like a fool from time to time and New York cursing at the girls and creating big scenes… is the stereotype helping the show become huge hits?

I remember watching the final episode of New York goes to Hollywood where the producers of the show asked New York if she would be interested in doing I love New York 3.

Her producers were white.

Coincidence? I’m finding these phenomena very interesting. What do you think?


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