8 Reality Television Secrets Networks Won’t Tell You About

  • February 27, 2014
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People Looking at Houses have Already Bought Them

People these days seem to love shows in which people buy houses, like House Hunters or Love It or List It. The folks on those shows will go look at a selection of homes and, after a dramatic commercial break, decide what house they want to buy, or in the case of Love It or List It, whether they want to sell their house or keep it. But you know what? Those decisions have already been made before the cameras ever started rolling. On House Hunters, the people looking already own one of the homes they’re going to be touring, and they just go take a look at a couple other places for kicks, basically. On Love It or List It, in most cases, it’s the producers who tell them whether they are going to sell their home, and in some cases the home is never on the market to begin with.


Survivor Contestants Get Driven Everywhere on the Island

Survivor is a grueling game, and when you lose a competition, the cameras always show the tribe gathering their things for a long, exhausting hike to tribal council. It’s never clear exactly how long or far they have to trudge through the rain and jungles, but that’s maybe because they don’t actually hike anywhere. Every time you see them getting ready to go to a challenge or a tribal council, what they don’t show you is that as soon as the cameras stop, they pile into vans and get driven absolutely anywhere on the island they need to go.


“Secret” Ingredients in Cooking Competitions Are Never Secret

One of the most popular cooking competition shows around is Iron Chef, and one of the big draws is the fact that these amazing chefs have to come up with delicious meals at the drop of a hat, with no prior knowledge as to what secret ingredients they’ll be faced with. Except that’s not true at all. Before they ever get into the Iron Chef kitchen, they are given a pretty good idea of what they’ll be dealing with, because producers tell them that the “secret” ingredient will be one of two or three things. That way the chefs have plenty of time to prepare potential menu items in their heads. It’s still impressive, what they’re able to come up with, but it certainly takes something away from the whole thing knowing they aren’t creating these meals on the fly.


Actors are Absolutely Everywhere

You would hope that when it comes to reality television, the people would at least be real, average people who luck into a spot on a competition show, or in some hidden camera shows, the horrible things they do are real and you’re right to hate them with a passion. However, that’s unfortunately not always the case. Perhaps the worst perpetrator of filling its episodes with actors is the show Mystery Diners, which sets up hidden cameras so restaurant owners can spy on their trouble making employees. So basically, every horrible waiter or manager isn’t actually an employee of that restaurant, but an actor hired to come in and do some ridiculous things. Of course based on how terrible the actors are, if you’ve ever seen the show this really shouldn’t surprise you that much.

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