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This distinction could be seen as a disservice to the segment producers and story editors, but it benefits the show in that it lowers production costs -- and it helps preserve the idea that the shows are real and unscripted.
It also allows reality shows to keep on rolling when a writers' strike hits, like it did in fall 2007.
In the fall 2007 season, there were more than a dozen reality shows in prime-time slots on major networks and cable channels.
On any given night, you can watch "The Biggest Loser," "Dancing with the Stars," "The Real World," "I Love New York," "Beauty and the Geek," "America's Next Top Model," "Ultimate Fighter," "The Bachelor," "Run's House" or "Project Runway" -- to name just a few.
By definition, reality TV is essentially unscripted programming that doesn't employ actors and focuses on footage of real events or situations.
In each of the show’s first seven seasons, 20 singles (and sometimes an additional wild card or two) were put through a “rigorous matchmaking process” and chosen to live together in a massive house.
They were diverse in geographic and racial background but uniformly young, brash, attractive, and heterosexual.