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The Resource Real people and the rise of reality television, Michael McKenna

Real people and the rise of reality television, Michael McKenna

Label
Real people and the rise of reality television
Title
Real people and the rise of reality television
Statement of responsibility
Michael McKenna
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The origins of, and in many ways the prototype for, modern reality programming can be traced to Real People, a show that premiered on the NBC network in April of 1979. An instant ratings success, Real People appealed to an audience that clamored for stories about 'everyday' men and women. However, many of the vignettes focused on individuals who were far from average--eccentric collectors, allegedly talented performers, and inspirational overachievers--many of whom could be called quirky, if not just plain weird. In the wake of the show's success, a rash of imitators followed. What had started out as a counter-programming gamble became the norm, and now the television airwaves are littered with reality shows. In Real People and the Rise of Reality Television, Michael McKenna looks at the show that started a trend in television viewing, one that now permeates not only the major networks but almost all of cable channels as well. McKenna traces the history of reality programming back to the early days of television up to the late 1970s when networks were beginning to take a chance on non-scripted prime time shows. The author provides an in-depth look at how Real People evolved from profiles of peculiar characters to an almost weekly display of hyperpatriotism, largely fueled by a desperate desire to recover from the disappointments of the 1970s. McKenna also charts the rise of shows that aimed to duplicate Real People's success: That's Incredible!, The People's Court, Cops, America's Funniest Home Videos, and MTV's The Real World. Though Real People was cancelled in 1984, reality-themed programming flourished and this look at the show's history makes for a fascinating read. Fans of nonfiction programs owe a debt to the show that started it all, and Real People and the Rise of Reality Television provides readers with insights into how and why one show changed the cultural landscape forever."--From back cover
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McKenna, Michael
Dewey number
791.45/72
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1992.77.R425
LC item number
M36 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Reality television programs
Label
Real people and the rise of reality television, Michael McKenna
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223114377980
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the cult of TV personality -- The golden gut strikes again : 1979-1980 -- Branding a genre : non-fiction, actuality, reality! : 1980-1981 -- Whackos, freaks, eccentrics ... God bless America : 1981-1982 -- Sliding down the TV food chain : syndicated reality : 1982-1983 -- Ebb tide : 1983-1984 -- Epilogue : from Real People to the real world -- Real People episode guide -- Reality-themed shows 1976-1992 -- Map of the Real People filming locations, 1979-1984
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xlvi, 227 pages
Isbn
9781442250536
Lccn
2015002439
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 903194996
  • (OCoLC)903194996
Label
Real people and the rise of reality television, Michael McKenna
Publication
Bar code
31223114377980
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the cult of TV personality -- The golden gut strikes again : 1979-1980 -- Branding a genre : non-fiction, actuality, reality! : 1980-1981 -- Whackos, freaks, eccentrics ... God bless America : 1981-1982 -- Sliding down the TV food chain : syndicated reality : 1982-1983 -- Ebb tide : 1983-1984 -- Epilogue : from Real People to the real world -- Real People episode guide -- Reality-themed shows 1976-1992 -- Map of the Real People filming locations, 1979-1984
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xlvi, 227 pages
Isbn
9781442250536
Lccn
2015002439
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 903194996
  • (OCoLC)903194996

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