The COVID-19 pandemic caused filming and production of all TV shows (reality and otherwise) to be put on hold. In the past few months, however, most filming and production as resumed. The filming and production crews have made the necessary changes to move forward while keeping everyone on the show safe. Reality TV fans, however, can’t help but wonder if filming during the COVID-19 pandemic will cause the shows to be boring.
Amy Roloff of TLC’s Little People, Big World recently addressed the problem.
Those who watch LPBW know Season 21 is currently airing on TLC. Amy Roloff revealed during a recently live stream they were still wrapping up filming of Season 21. She, however, admitted it just wasn’t the same. In fact, she seemed to be worried about how interesting Season 21 would really be for fans.
Amy Roloff explained you get hit with the “what are you doing” and “how is it going” questions. And, you just don’t have a good answer. You realize you are trying to stay home and away from people. So, you aren’t able to get out and do any spectacular things.
Now, this problem could either be really good or really bad for reality TV shows. After all, shows like Chrisley Knows Best from USA and Sister Wives from TLC are constantly getting criticized for being fake and scripted. So, it is possible the pandemic could allow the cameras to get a more real look at what goes into the lives of these reality TV show families.
That being said, some fans argue reality TV shows are scripted and fake because they have to be. Sometimes reality TV just isn’t that entertaining. So, networks and production crews do what they have to so the show is more interesting. After all, who really wants to watch an episode of a group of people who can’t leave their home?
Reality TV shows like OutDaughtered might not have a problem.
Now, there are some shows like OutDaughtered and Counting On that might not have a problem with being boring because of the pandemic. After all, these two shows in particular would still be a rather large family trapped at home. With OutDaughtered as an example, what could be more fun than watching parents stuck at home with a ton of young girls?
Competition based shows like Big Brother are already suffering.
CBS reality TV series Big Brother is absolutely suffering because of COVID-19. Those watching this season of Big Brother have coined it one of the most boring seasons in the history of the show. Because of the pandemic, the network has taken all sorts of precautions. Fans also insist this season had a cast of a lot of people that didn’t really want to be there.
— Ashley Ciera (@AshleyCiera3) October 9, 2020
Hey @CBSBigBrother here is an idea… let the fans pick all stars next time. This season sucks, they're boring sheep. You couldn't have picked a worse cast ( actually you could if Josh and Paul were apart of it) #BigBrother22 #BBAllStars2 #letTheFansDecide
— Katrina Claude (@katrina_claude_) October 7, 2020
— Larry Saccarello (@cugino_larry) October 7, 2020
So, is filming and producing new episodes of reality TV shows during the pandemic a mistake? As long as networks realize a season filmed and produced during the pandemic might not do well… It might not be an issue. But, if bad ratings and reviews could get the show cancelled? Filming during the pandemic could be a mistake.
So, do you think the pandemic is going to cause issues for reality TV shows being renewed for future seasons? Sound off in the comments.
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