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(Story reported by Marty Beckerman for Esquire Magazine)
20 Behind-the-Scenes Truths of Reality TV
Everything you see has been mapped out. We design it, we build it, we know what it's going to be. It's a maze; my job is to pop the mice in and watch the reaction. But the mice are manipulated. We've written everything.
When the characters — the cast — cry "why don't they like me?" that's the whole point. If you filmed a show with ten people who get along, there would be nothing to watch. I have sympathy for them, but what do they think they're signing up for?
You will be edited into a one-dimensional character. The editors can make you whoever they want. You don't have control.
You can make a big storyline from the littlest thing — a tense moment, something minor. It's water-cooler talk for the rest of the country, but it's just some tiny, nothing incident.
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