Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks fans are used to the stars of the fishing reality television shows getting into arguments with one another. Maybe that’s why the arguments so far this season haven’t seemed spur of the moment or real. In fact, after the latest episode, more followers of the program than ever before feel like everything is staged.
The latest scuffle occurred during last week’s episode. Reel E’ Bugging Captain Bobby Earl and Pinwheel Captain Tyler McLaughlin were at odds when the latter tried to climb to the flying bridge of Bobby’s boat.
At first, Bobby played along with the supposed prank. He laughed it off and everything seemed to be good.
After the incident was over, Bobby changed his tune. He told producers it wasn’t cool for Tyler to exhibit such “pirate-like” behavior. Bobby’s outrage appeared to be genuine, however, fans weren’t buying it.
On Wicked Tuna’s official Facebook page, followers let showrunners know they think they’re watching staged altercations.
“Show is fake. They All get along,” a fan commented.
Another said Wicked Tuna writers were trying too hard. They said the stars of the program were obviously friends when the cameras are off.
Another user claimed he got the inside scoop when he took a charter in the same area the series takes place.
“I took a fishing charter in OBX in August, in the same marina in Wanchese that these guys are out of. They said the show is mostly scripted and they even leave some fish out of the show so certain boats win or be close.”
‘Wicked Tuna’ and the lack of reality
Several users pointed out part of the problem with this season is that the stars are all too likable. There isn’t anyone viewers want to lose out. Wicked Tuna producers have made things harder on themselves. Reality television tends to thrive when there are one or more “villains.” Those “villains” allow the rest of the cast to form alliances and oppose them.
Shows like The Real Housewives fit this bill. There are always certain people that are universally disliked. They come into an episode, throw some insults around, start a fight and then go back to “normal” for a little while.
It appears some Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks fans believe the show is following that recipe. The problem is they aren’t selling it well enough. People are seeing through the controversy.
Some of that transparency is due to what those involved are fighting about.
What’s real and what’s not?
It’s hard to tell where the friendship between Tyler and Bobby ends and the rivalry begins. Fans have seen the pair joke around with one another in after shows as well as several official episodes. It’s possible several castmates get along with one another for the most part, with flareups occurring here and there. Whether or not they’re staged remains very much up for debate.
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