Using the poor as fodder in entertainment is a reliable trope. Shakespeare himself deployed low-status secondary characters as both comic relief and truth-tellers. And reality TV largely runs on two speeds: the backstabbing dramas of bored rich people, orthe trashy antics of economically underprivileged ones. But two new game shows — one in the US and one in the UK — are proving that on television, income isn’t the only thing that plumbs the depths.
We’ve peeked behind the dishonest, dangerous, and downright filthy curtain of reality TV before. But almost everything focuses on the star-victims of reality shows – have you ever wondered what it’s like behind that camera? Cracked sat down with a man responsible for filming numerous reality shows and, on the condition of anonymity, he put some of the “real” back in “reality television.”