National Reality TV Awards

National Reality TV Awards is the biggest worldwide Television awards shows specifically targeting the different sub-genres that make up Reality TV. The NRTA takes place both in the United Kingdom and the USA and all votes are nominated and voted for by Reality TV Fans. Previous winners include: Dragon Den, The Apprentice, TOWIE, Deal or No Deal, The People’s Supermarket and many more!

What is Reality TV?

Reality TV, is often described as a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors, sometimes in a contest or other situation where a prize is awarded. However, Reality Televisions encompasses several different sub-genres. The sub-genres include;

Docu-Soaps: In many reality TV programs, camera shooting and footage editing give the viewer the impression that they are passive observers following people going about their daily personal and professional activities; this style of filming is often referred to as fly on the wall or factual television. Story “plots” are often constructed via editing or planned situations, with the results resembling soap operas—hence the terms Docu-soap

Competitions /Gameshows:
Another sub-genre of reality TV is “reality competition” or so-called “reality game shows,” which follow the format of a non-tournament elimination contests. Modern game shows like Weakest Link, Greed, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, American Gladiators, Dog Eat Dog and Deal or No Deal also lie in a gray area: like traditional game shows (e.g., The Price Is Right, Jeopardy!), the action takes place in an enclosed TV studio over a short period of time; however, they have higher production values and more dramatic background music.

Dating-based competition:
Dating-based competition shows follow a contestant choosing one out of a group of suitors. Over the course of either a single episode or an entire season, suitors are eliminated until only the contestant and the final suitor remains. More recent such shows include; Take me out, Flavor of Love and its spin-offs I Love New York, Rock of Love, and The Cougar.

Job search: In this category, the competition revolves around a skill that contestants were pre-screened for. Competitors perform a variety of tasks based on that skill, are judged, and are then kept or removed by a single expert or a panel of experts. The show is usually presented as a job search of some kind, in which the prize for the winner includes a contract to perform that kind of work.

Self-improvement/makeover:
This genre of reality television show cover a person or group of people improving their lives. Sometimes the same group of people are covered over an entire season (as in The Swan and Celebrity Fit Club), but usually there is a new target for improvement in each episode. Despite differences in the content, the format is usually the same: first the show introduces the subjects in their current, less-than-ideal environment. Then the subjects meet with a group of experts, who give the subjects instructions on how to improve things; they offer aid and encouragement along the way. Finally, the subjects are placed back in their environment and they, along with their friends and family and the experts, appraise the changes that have occurred.

Social experiment :
Another type of reality program is the social experiment that produces drama, conflict, and sometimes transformation. Big Brother , launched in the UK and produced by Endemol was an example of a show that began life as a social experiment. MTV’s well known hit series, the Real World was a similar show launched several years before Big Brother were a group of strangers were put in a luxury kitted out house to leave, breathe and get on with eachother.

Talk shows: Though the traditional format of a talk show is that of a host interviewing a featured guest or discussing a chosen topic with a guest or panel of guests, the advent of trash TV shows has often made people group the entire category in with reality television. Programs like Ricki Lake, The Jerry Springer Show, Dr. Phil and many others have generally recruited guests by advertising a potential topic for a future program.

Hidden shows:
Another type of reality programming features hidden cameras rolling when random passers-by encounter a staged situation. Candid Camera, which first aired on television in 1948, pioneered the format. Modern variants of this type of production include Punk’d, Trigger Happy TV, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment and Just For Laughs Gags.

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