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  1. TV Family: Behind the Scenes of the First Reality Television Program (2015)

    Director
    Ethan Thompson
    Subject
    Media studies
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 1 NTSC, 56 minutes), $275

    In 1960, NBC transmitted what is widely considered to be the first "reality television" show in American broadcast history. Hosted by Jane Wyatt, and billing itself as a "new kind of visual reporting," it...

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  2. Brand New You: Makeover Television and the American Dream (2015)

    Director
    Katherine Sender
    Subject
    Broadcasting; Media studies; Women’s studies
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 1 NTSC, 53 minutes), $275

    What do popular television makeover programmes tell us about about what a good life looks like in contemporary America? Based on Katherine Sender’s book The Makeover the film examines this question against...

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  3. Corrupting the Classics with Contemporary Crap. Episode 2: Crossing over with John Edward (2011 Video)

    Director
    Caitlin Gold; Naomi McDougall Jones
    Producer
    Caitlin Gold; Naomi McDougall Jones

    Comedy short. The series puts great classic characters into various popular reality TV shows. In Episode 2 Abigail Williams and Hamlet speak to their dead loved ones through the medium John Edwards on...

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  4. Switched! [26/05/2003] (Television)

    aka: Trading Lives

    Producer
    Jarratt Carson

    Reality tv show for teenagers. In this episode Miko Walczuk, a 17-year-old from Maui, and Matthew Sereni of California change places for four days. While Matt is schooled at home and takes part in arts...

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  5. My Bare Lady (Television)

    Director
    Dave Winnan; Patrick McMahon; Olly Calleja
    Producer
    Patrick McMahon; Olly Calleja
    Distribution
    No distributor found (2007).

    Reality television show broadcast in four episodes on the Fox Reality cable channel. Four American female film porn stars decide to become classical actresses with less than a month of training in a...

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  6. Big Brother [06/06/2003] (Television)

    Reality television show where for around three months, a number of contestants (normally fewer than fifteen at any one time) try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic publicly-voted evictions from a...

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  7. Midsummer Night’s Dream (Television)

    Distribution
    No distributor found (2/2008).

    An MTV reality show documenting the lives of upper class teenagers. It portrays them preparing and celebrating their traditional coming-of-age birthday parties. In this episode Erica is considered the...

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  8. Shakespeare on the Hudson (Television)

    Director
    Julie Cohen
    Producer
    Julie Cohen
    Subject
    Drama

    Reality television documentary hosted by Kristin Chenoweth on the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 2008 production of Twelfth Night. Follows the main actors through all the real off-stage drama as they...

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  9. When Romeo Met Juliet (Television)

    Producer
    Lynn Barlow
    Subject
    Drama

    3-part reality television series in which two contrasting schools, over 8 weeks, put on a production of Romeo and Juliet to be staged at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre. Each school is cast as one of the two...

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  10. Nation’s Best Am Dram Extras: Lear (Television)

    Subject
    Drama

    Reality talent contest to find the best amateur dramatics company from among the UK’s c3,500 groups offering the winning troupe the chance to perform at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End. The four...

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