Casting Calls for Reality TV Shows
Reality TV shows exploded on the TV scene in the late 90,s. After the documentary / reality style movie, The Blair Witch Project became a mega hit and The Real World came out. TV production companies used the same concepts to create several new TV series, Big Brother and Survivor. In 1999, the reality TV show Survivor was a huge success and hundreds of other shows have followed since then.
In the late 80′s and 90′s there were other shows that may have loosely fit into the Reality TV genre, however the shows were more of a documentary such as COPS.
Reality TV Shows are usually fictional and rather than being completely scripted the performers are coached by producers in a way that creates sensationalism. The popularity of these shows was also escalated by the fact that unknown actors are cast for the roles giving the appearance of “reality”. The shows however, have very little to do with reality. People are cast and coached by producers to play a certain character. They are put into a staged environment and told how to interact. Mark Burnett, creator of Survivor, agrees that Reality may not be the best name for that type of television, he has said that “unscripted drama” may be more fitting.
The use of non-actors or unknown actors in large TV productions has given rise to brand new genre of TV stars, Reality TV stars. Reality TV stars are people who were cast in a popular show and being in the show has propelled them to mega stardom.
The coming of Reality TV has opened the door for many people who simply want to be famous. For the first time TV casting calls were based on a person’s personality, experiences and looks rather than acting skill, experience and training. In a reality TV casting call, there are no monologues to read, no script to memorize, no references needed and no agent or union affiliation is required.
The TV acting field that was closed off to the general public for so long, opened up through Reality TV for anyone who wanted to audition. Unlike scripted TV series that use agents to recruit actors, Reality TV shows use highly publicized cattle calls to generate thousands of applicants. Some of the larger Competition shows such as American Idol, get 100′s of thousands of contestants and hold their open casting calls in stadiums.
There are hundreds of reality shows on Television at any given time and casting calls for new reality productions come out almost daily. Most Reality productions are done in 2 areas, Los Angeles and New York. The larger shows such as American Idol, Survivor, America’s Next Top Model, The Biggest Loser, Top Chef and America’s Got Talent have nationwide casting calls that usually hit most major cities.
Los Angeles has the largest amount of Reality TV castings and most new shows and reality pilots are cast in L.A. New reality shows in their first season or pilots normally do not do nationwide casting calls unless the production has already gotten a lot of publicity.
Reality TV shows generally fall into these categories:
Competition (Survivor, Fear Factor, Big Brother)
Competition Talent (America’s Best Dance Crew, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Star Search, Dancing with The Stars)
Competition game shows (Greed, Million Dollar Money Drop, Deal or no Deal, Weakest Link)
Occupational Documentary (Miami Ink, LA Ink, The First 48, American Chopper, Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Dirty Jobs, Iron Chef)
Self-improvement/makeover (The biggest Loser, Queer Eye, What Not To Wear, Supper Nanny, G’s to Gents, Charm School)
Renovation (Extreme Makeover, This Old House, Designed to sell, Pimp My Ride, Tabitha’s Salon Takeover and almost everything on HGTV)
Social experiment (Bad Girl’s Club, Wife Swap)
Dating shows and Dating Competitions (Millionaire Matchmaker, I Love New York, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Rock of Love, Flavor of Love, Dating in the Dark, Dating Game, Elimidate, Blind Date)
Job Search (The Apprentice, Top Chef, Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, I Know My Kid’s a Star, Last Comic Standing, Hell’s Kitchen, Shear Genius)
Sports (Top Shot, The Big Break, The Ultimate Fighter)
Hidden cameras (Punk’d, Scare Tactics, Jamie Kennedy Experiment)
Supernatural and paranormal and Hoaxes (Paranormal, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Scare Tactics, Phowned)
The above list is just a small sample of Reality Shows, Many new reality shows are being cast right now by real people like you!
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