Reality television fans all have assumptions about how much is real or fake in the shows they are watching. Sometimes there are giveaways and other times you just know that so-and-so didn't have that brilliant idea on his own because, let's face it, the guy is not that bright.
"Best of Enemies" is an extraordinarily timely, provocative, powerful, poignant and important film. But its overarching themes are so subtle that the film is not about what you think it is about and you will not comprehend its magnitude until the final sixty seconds and closing credits.
Certainly the witnessing of other people making every kind of fool of themselves has never been more on display than in our love affair with reality television. Which must explain the inexplicable clusterf**k that is The Bachelorette.
Family members of "normal" people starring in reality TV shows get really freaked-out about their loved ones opening up their lives to the cameras. Many feel that, by extension, they're signing up to join the circus, too.
Turning your life around after dope selling, pimping and being institutionalized may make someone an expert on personal piety and individual transformation. However, if we are going to end poverty, fix failing schools, lower incidents of urban violence and police brutality we are going to need more than experts in personal piety.
It might be eight in the morning, but pastry chef Yiğit Pura is already on his third espresso. "I've been up since five," he says, cheerfully.
I give up at some point every season, but this year, I more give up. The Bach has been on for 20-something seasons, and we're just shamelessly recycling plot lines. How many times have we encountered fears of heights? Or made out in waterfalls, which is actually a good way to drown and never as sexy as it looks on tv?
"Tennis is never about tennis, Kerrie," my tennis coach said. "It's about people dealing with their issues... lots of issues." We both laughed -- but that was before I wrote myself onto a reality-television show about tennis.
There is no doubt the Duggars and law enforcement chose to tune out on this one, but the reality is that most families that discover sexual abuse within their clan conceal it--just not with three million viewers looking on.
A bevy of independent clothing companies have reached out to Bruce, hoping he'll wear their items when he finally emerges as a female for the first time in public.
Over the last two months, I've had the privilege of traveling around the country for a new reality series that I created and executive produced for CBS. No, I didn't find the Fountain of Youth, or the Holy Grail, or a unicorn. I found something perhaps even more elusive... I found faith in humanity.
Since the financial meltdown I've had to re-invent how I earn and have created work I can do at home. Being my own boss, I give myself breaks when I need to. Sometimes I'll turn on the TV, but not before five PM: A necessary rule as I have a long history of avoiding unpleasantness, which often means resting before I'm tired.
We start another season of the Bachelorette and it's more amazing than ever, because it has two bachelorettes pitted against each other in a death match. In the montage of both women, we see that Kaitlyn knows the word "deflect" and Britt is insane.
Somewhere between the piercing bright lights, the hum of the cameras, and the editing room floor lies only bits of truth, you just need to know what to look for.
Once upon a time a truly great country existed -- this nation was by far the greatest land in the whole wide world -- its laws promised liberty, freedom and justice for all.