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HGTV is the worst network on television. Since I finally got cable and my wife discovered those shows, I have not had a free weekend it is always "oh I seen this on HGTV we should do it, I already got everything for you to do it this weekend"
 

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Yeah. Mine's into those true murder shows, too. Murdermentaries, I call them. I go to bed last and wake up first.
Mine too. She loves her murder shows. I also don't sleep much...

She also loves the Whoredoucheians, Entertainment Tonight, and the Bachelor/ette. The understanding is she can watch those shows while i'm not in the room (i work at home, but in my office), but the tv goes to another channel when i get off work. If she turns on any of those while I'm in the room, I leave.
 

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Does anyone not realize that like "reality TV" in general, these are completely staged shows?
^^This!!!

I'm a photographer, and for a little bit, I dabbled in video. I learned some of the "tricks of the trade," and now I can't help but notice them when watching "reality" TV shows. A few examples:

"Scripted Tension." Ever notice how on Survivor, it almost always comes down to the last vote? They always show you the votes of a couple of the people (the ones you already knew who they were going to vote for anyway) while they're writing them down, but those votes are ALWAYS the first ones Jeff Probst reveals. Because if he didn't show those ones early, and it came down to that last vote, then you'd know what the last vote was before Jeff read it (because you saw them writing it down, and haven't seen Jeff read it yet).

Another one. Biggest Loser. The "Scale" they weigh-in on is not actually a scale at all. It's just a square piece of stainless steel. The contestants are actually weighed earlier that day by a doctor on a standard medical scale (the contestants face away from the scale so they don't know their weight). The producers already know everybody's weight coming into the weigh-in, and the have pre-decided the order they'll "weigh" everyone in, in order to keep the totals close and maximize drama, so it always comes down to those last couple of contestants. Ali/Bob don't know the weights coming into the weigh-in, but they don't get to decide the order, either. The order is fed to them by the producers.

Another "unreal" reality TV trick that's easy to spot is the use of doubles in wide shots. Survivor is notorious for this. Say the contestants are doing a challenge. They'll often have a wide, aerial shot of the challenge in progress, obviously taken from a helicopter. Then they'll immediately cut to an over-the-shoulder shot of a contestant working on a knot or solving a puzzle or whatever. Obviously, there's a cameraman standing right next to them. But 2 seconds ago, in the aerial shot, there were no camerapeople in the shot at all - just the contestants. And in the close-up shots, how come you can never hear a helicopter? Because all that aerial footage was taped hours earlier, when they were doing a "dry-run" of the challenge with doubles, to make sure the puzzle was viable (and get the aerial footage to be edited in later).

Another trick - comments added in post-production. This one is often so obvious, it's almost offensive. Take, for example, Celebrity Apprentice. President Trump will be ... oops, sorry, I'm getting ahead of myself ... Donald Trump will be explaining the task to the contestants. Then it will cut to a shot from behind Donald, looking at the contestants, with Don in the shot, but with his back to the camera. He'll then say something important about the challenge, but you don't actually see his mouth moving (because, of course, he's facing away from the camera). Often, this is added in the studio, in post, because they either forgot to say it during the shoot, or it got long-winded and they wanted a quick summary instead, or an airplane was flying by at the time, or whatever. But the point is, they're making it look like he's saying it right there in front of them, but by using a back-shot, they can dub it in in post, after the fact.

One more, and this is more of an editing trick than a "scripting" trick. In video editing, if you collect enough footage, you can edit things together in a way that creates pretty much whatever narrative you want. This includes showing "reaction" shots to a remark that weren't actually in reaction to the remark being portrayed, but actually to something done/said earlier/later in the tribal council/boardroom/whatever. They can also show things out of order to make it look like tempers are building higher and higher, when in fact they were up-and-down during the actual taping.

I love this kind of stuff! The dirty tricks video editors can play.
 

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One more, and this is more of an editing trick than a "scripting" trick. In video editing, if you collect enough footage, you can edit things together in a way that creates pretty much whatever narrative you want. This includes showing "reaction" shots to a remark that weren't actually in reaction to the remark being portrayed, but actually to something done/said earlier/later in the tribal council/boardroom/whatever. They can also show things out of order to make it look like tempers are building higher and higher, when in fact they were up-and-down during the actual taping.

I love this kind of stuff! The dirty tricks video editors can play.

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEGFaOeUm2A[/ame]
 

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Does anyone not realize that like "reality TV" in general, these are completely staged shows?
If you don't realize that these shows are completely staged, you probably deserve your own show on The Learning Channel.
 

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Been with this lovely woman since '87. I dare say I've achieved a level of "used to it" that most folks can only dream about.... Brew on!
This spot on for us as well.
I gave up on what I want to watch loooong ago, and brew beer or work on projecs when she's watching something dumb.
Thank goodness she does not like any of the tabloid shows, or garbage reality. Vampires, Pretty Little Dumba$$es and crime solving dramas abound. The only things I really watch with her is BBT, Downton Abbey and random Nature type stuff. My preference is History Channel, Discovery (how its made and nature type stuff) and Chasing Classic Cars.
 

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Learning Channel... Learning Channel ... sounds familiar. Is that that channel with all the reality shows where the people are speaking English, but they still need subtitles?
That's the most concisely accurate description I've seen in a long time.
 

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And to be fair, my darling bride turned me on to some shows I probably wouldn't have noticed otherwise like: Longmire, The Americans, etc.
 

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HGTV is the worst network on television. Since I finally got cable and my wife discovered those shows, I have not had a free weekend it is always "oh I seen this on HGTV we should do it, I already got everything for you to do it this weekend"
Well, use the same tactic on her. Only, referencing porn.

Win/win?

:D
 

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who mentioned Dogfight? that was a great show. they should do the same thing for tank and sea battles
*raises hand*

They actually did something similar with both land & sea battles, but it didn't last but one season. It was called "Battle 360°", and only had 10 episodes.

:)
 

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I've been with mine SWWBO since 84. I use to work nights so could never get in to watching TV series. Now I'm working days and it's still hard to sit and watch a series but there are a few I like. When she gets home I just let her watch what she wants. Some stuff is that dumb stuff that others have mentioned. But, If I like it I'll watch it if I don't I go to my soon to be Man Cave Brewery that I'm working on and watch something else or work on a project. This works for us.
 

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Does nobody else know the struggle that is HGTV? Am I the only one sitting through what seems to be the same episode of "Flip or Flop" on a nightly basis?
My wife has become an HGTV addict. She doesn't like "Flip or Flop", mainly because the woman seems really fake. But she loves Fixer Upper.

Since she started watching a ton of HGTV, it seems like every few days we have something new to do around the house. The house looks a lot nicer now, but I hate getting a text at 4 PM saying "leave early, by 5 PM. You need to put up shelves tonight".
 

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Drinking game: When watching House Hunters, drink every time someone says "TURN KEY". I don't know why, but that phrase just makes me cringe every time I hear it. Especially when it's the same stupid lady using it to describe every aspect of a house.
Drinking games are the only way I make it through most HGTV shows.

Drink when:
-- The word "space" is used
-- A rich woman (usually) is unsatisfied with how the work is coming along
-- There's a conversation on speakerphone
Finish your drink when:
-- The crew finds serious structural/water damage that needs to be fixed and puts them way over budget
 

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Drinking games are the only way I make it through most HGTV shows.

Drink when:
-- The word "space" is used
-- A rich woman (usually) is unsatisfied with how the work is coming along
-- There's a conversation on speakerphone
Finish your drink when:
-- The crew finds serious structural/water damage that needs to be fixed and puts them way over budget
You can get drunk real quick if you take a slug every time someone says "Awesome! ".
 

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Drinking games are the only way I make it through most HGTV shows.

Drink when:
-- The word "space" is used
-- A rich woman (usually) is unsatisfied with how the work is coming along
-- There's a conversation on speakerphone
Finish your drink when:
-- The crew finds serious structural/water damage that needs to be fixed and puts them way over budget
Drink any time any one says granite or entertaining.

Finish your drink any time they are used in the same sentence.
 

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I hardly watch TV once football is over. I do watch golf. The only show we both watch is BBT. Basically when she watches TV, it's time to fire up the Playstation 3.
 

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Ugh, wifie watching live version of Grease on Fox.
 

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Wife watches that reality crap and that's pretty much it. It's ok once in a while but when they all have spin offs and what not, it's impossible to keep up. Wife will even watch reality TV first thing in the morning. Is it really necessary to wake up to ppl arguing over something ridiculous?
 

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...the Oscar's...ugh...shoot me
Same here. I'd rather peel my face off with a butter knife than watch this crap. So I'm attempting to drown my sorrows and will make grilling chicken the most interesting thing I can imagine while trying to ignore how inane this awards show is.
 

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My wife knows better than to watch stupid **** while I'm home. She admits a lot of her shows are bad. For the most part we agree, that's why we're married I guess.

I'll not be kissing her ass to let her watch whatever in the hell she wants, whenever she wants, learned that lesson from my first marriage. In other words, I didn't watch TV for years and then she left me!
 

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I have no idea what most of you are talking about, except for the topic with the words "TV Shows".

I'm not a TV person, and I've never heard of most of that stuff.

We have a TV, but we don't usually turn it on. I have heard of American Idol, but not much of the rest of that stuff. One of my friends mentioned something about Breaking Bad a few years ago, I do remember that (but haven't ever seen it).

I must be missing out, but from the tone of this thread, maybe not!
 

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I have no idea what most of you are talking about, except for the topic with the words "TV Shows".

I'm not a TV person, and I've never heard of most of that stuff.

We have a TV, but we don't usually turn it on. I have heard of American Idol, but not much of the rest of that stuff. One of my friends mentioned something about Breaking Bad a few years ago, I do remember that (but haven't ever seen it).

I must be missing out, but from the tone of this thread, maybe not!
If you haven't watched breaking bad you have been missing out.

Outside of Netflix we don't watch much tv but my wife likes the award shows.
 
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I must apologize to the forum for starting this thread. I forgot my wife loves March Madness. She is the best thing that has happened to me since CO2. :)
 
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