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buy Lyrica from india It seems like everywhere we look nowadays, reality television has taken over, (partially in thanks to the Kardashian family). Reality TV stars are just as famous as scripted television actors, and usually they’re the ones we read about in the tabloids each week. Whether it’s a story about a jail sentence from one of the women of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” or a gay slur heard around the world on “Duck Dynasty,” it seems that reality TV is taking precedence to scripted TV. Although scripted TV has been around long before reality TV, it would surprise some that reality TV has been around a lot longer than we actually think. “Candid Camera,” America’s original reality TV show premiered in 1948! One of the first reality TV shows that hit airwaves in 1992 brought a whole new meaning to the world “reality.” “The Real World,” MTV’s longest-running show to date is about seven strangers, picked to live in a house and see how their lives change, all on camera, all unscripted. This began the trend of reality TV as it was something new, something controversial, and something that pushed the boundaries of anything else that was on TV at the time.

Soon after the success of “The Real World,” (which just wrapped up its 30th season in March), more and more reality shows began to take flight on networks that were primarily showing scripted TV shows. Shows such as “Survivor,” “The Bachelor,” “The Amazing Race,” “American Idol,” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” just to name a few, began edging out the competition on a nightly ranking of all TV programs. The world became fascinated with watching reality TV law and orderby the mid 2000’s as more and more reality shows began popping up on cable stations everywhere, (the king of reality shows being MTV Networks).

As reality TV surged in the rankings, pop culture ate it up like it was cotton candy. Tabloid magazines and entertainment news shows were constantly reporting on what was going on in the reality TV world. Reality shows have become so big over the last decade, that celebrities found it was a great way to keep them relevant and rich. Britney Spears and her ex-husband Kevin Federline debuted a five-episode series on the UPN network in May 2005 called “Britney and Kevin: Chaotic.” Thinking at the time, this might have been good idea since Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey had reached a whole new status of celebrity with their reality hit show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” on MTV from 2003-2005, Spears could not have been more wrong. Critics slammed the reality show calling it career suicide, and that’s exactly what it was.

With “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” premiering it’s’ 10th season in March on E! Network, it seems that reality TV is not slowing down anytime soon. Although reality TV might be what everyone is ranting and raving about, scripted TV is far from floundering. Award shows have barely accepted the fact that reality shows can be accounted for just as many scripted shows, as they don’t recognize any reality shows for Emmy’s or Golden Globes Awards, and rightfully so. Scripted shows require talent, hard work, brilliant actors, screen writers, directors, producers and so forth. Hence, the argument that reality shows are just talentless people living their daily lives in front of a camera.

survivorSome of the oldest scripted television shows are still running in their 16th season with no signs of slowing down.  Shows such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and “NCIS,” have all been on the air for well over 10 years. Even with 16 seasons behind them and counting, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” has held steady as one of the top 10 most-watched shows weekly. Now that’s something that reality TV cannot beat. According to TV Guide’s Most Popular Shows for the month of March and April 2015, “The Bachelor,” is the only reality TV show that remains in the top 10 weekly. Other shows including, Fox’s newest smash hit “Empire,” and “Gotham,” remain constants in the top 10 most popular shows weekly, as does  ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” and “Scandal.”

Although the current battle of reality vs. scripted TV shows might be leaning more towards scripted television for this year, there will never be one genre that outweighs the other. New scripted and reality TV shows are premiering each season and the ratings remain high for each type of program; showing that neither reality TV nor scripted TV will ever go out of style.

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