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Italian TV prez not fond of reality TV

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 5th 2007 4:04PM

italyThis is an interesting bit of yin yang for y'all*:

It seems that all the reasons given by Claudio Petruccioli, president of the Italian state broadcaster RAI, not to have reality programming on his channel are the exact reasons why American broadcasters want to have more reality programming:

  • "unreasonable if not degrading behaviour"
  • "[putting] people into environments that are both unrealistic and coercive"

Petruccioli tried unsuccessfully to keep L'Isola dei Famosi, a reality show that pits celebrities against one another on a secluded island, from coming back for a second series. The show apparently caused some controversy when one of the actors swore on live television.

RAI is paid for by a licensing fee. While the board gave the "go ahead" to the show, they did tell producers to be careful who they pick so as to avoid embarrassing moments like the one mentioned above. Once again, I can imagine such an incident would only thrust that actor further into the spotlight had it been an American program.

*By the way, "Yin Yang for Y'all" is the title of a new album I'm producing by a Chinese country western band. Look for it this summer.

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I think that this is one of the first times where the reality overkill is going overboard that this Italian TV president doesn't want it. I think that the reality shows and everybody copying Mark Burnett's concepts has gotten out of hand during the past 7 years. Seems like every cable network such as A&E, TLC and Food Network wants to have a reality show on their network. Every third talent show (and that goes for that stupid Pussycat Dolls show) wants to copy the giant hit American Idol. And some shows get yanked after a few shows because they can't find an audience. If a new reality show crops up--those producers need to GET ORIGINAL! Stop copying or deriving from somebody else!!!!!!

April 09 2007 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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