May 24, 2005

Reality TV Rejects: What Happens Afterward

I found this article about what happens after you have been on a Reality TV show to be interesting. It is junk television, but sometimes you need mindless entertainment.
"After you get the inevitable boot, you won't skulk off-camera back to your home in Anytown, U.S.A. First, you'll be banished to a hotel or some such place where you'll be forbidden from leaving and your every move will be supervised by a casting staff, tasked with keeping the show's secrets confidential.

That doesn't mean you won't have fun. During a past season of NBC's "The Apprentice," fired candidates and their chaperones populated half a hotel floor, which included a communal suite filled with food, beer, video games, DVDs and books. The firees were frequently escorted to dinners, concerts and shows while waiting to go home.

"We basically just kept them entertained to keep them from getting bored," one "Apprentice" casting staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the show's lengthy nondisclosure agreement, tells The Associated Press.

Before they're booked a room at Hotel Reject, eliminated contestants usually undergo a chat with a staff psychologist, who's on-call 24/7, to assess their mental state and smooth their transition from potential millionaire to inferior flop."
To me the harder part is certainly not being sequestered but what happens when you re-enter normal life.

"After production has wrapped, you'll finally be sent home with your newfound reality TV knowledge. Because there's usually a few months between the end of shooting and when the first episode airs on TV, you won't be able to reveal where you've been for the past few months. Nobody will know you've just had the experience of a lifetime.
"You come back and you're really excited, and you have to go back to your regular life that you've left for two months," explains Lynn Warren, who was eliminated with his teammate and boyfriend Alex Ali during the latest "Amazing Race." "We would do so much in 12 hours on the race. Then, you come home and sit around for 12 hours. In 12 hours on the race, you've already visited three countries."
"It's hard to keep the secret," adds Ali. "We don't get to see it. We don't know what they're going to put on."
Most reality show rejects find it difficult to discover normality again after having cameras in their faces 24/7.
There is an adjoining article to this that discusses how to get on to a reality television show. I found it to be rather sad.

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