Bravo TV is a channel in which most Americans who watch television in this day and age are familiar with. Its most popularly broadcasted shows include “The Real Housewives”, “Top Chef”, and “Vanderpump Rules”. All of these shows have one common theme: drama. In The Real Housewives,there is a cast for different cities such as Miami, New York, Atlanta, Orange County, and more. This show is one that consists of extraordinarily wealthy women and their families. Most of the time they marry into their money and live in grand homes and a group of these women in the same situation are featured together as a group of friends.
The most repetitive feature about all of these different groups of women is the fact that there is endless amounts of drama, whether interpersonal disagreements or family scandals. But is this all made up for the camera? Did the producers add all of this just to increase the number of viewers? For example, across each city, there are numerous cases of infidelity, prison sentences, custody battles, as well as constant dramatic arguments between the wives.
As someone who does not particularly enjoy the unnecessary, seemingly fake dramatic encounters between the women, I find the content to be all very similar when it comes to these events. This show in this case is exemplary when it comes to the world of plastic people (literally). The Real Housewives of Atlanta is probably the best example of all when it comes to the amount of arguments and fights between the women. In one episode the women are all tearing each other apart over something that is insignificant.
There is one common thing that we all want to know: is reality television scripted? It is something that I have always wondered whenever I see a show like The Real Housewives. The women all seem to have something traumatic in their past, a marriage problem, and money issues at some point during their time on the show. It makes you wonder if all of these events are completely scripted to gain more viewers or if they are authentic. An article by Fox News talks about it’s scripted parts, revealing, according to Vicki Gunvalson on the “Real Housewives of Orange County,” that certain scenes on her hit Bravo series were planned ahead and faked for cameras. According to the texts, Gunvalson’s daughter’s wedding was scripted, not a spur-of-the-moment surprise captured by the cameras.”http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/08/30/real-housewives-reportedly-faked-scenes-is-anything-on-reality-tv-real.html
An alternative opinion to these scripted accusations comes from Andy Cohen, the host of Bravo Tv’s “Watch What Happens Live.” He states his stance on this opinion here, “We cast very highly volatile, emotional, driven, opinionated women, and because of that, they go to town. And you sit down with them at the end of the season and they all have it out with each other. It’s really fun.”http://www.realitytea.com/2015/05/01/andy-cohen-insists-real-housewives-drama-isnt-scripted-real/
Something that I feel that completely goes against Cohen’s opinion is the fact that the women all seem to do extravagant things as a group as it if were planned for the cameras. Almost every single time without fail every single one of the housewives has gets into an argument or fight, or there is some sort of dramatic event. There are even allegations that some major events that have happened in the show may have been completely fabricated! This one allegation shown here is shocking: “Vicki Gunvalson’s ex, Brooke Ayers, may have pulled off one of the biggest lies ever on reality TV. Ayers was introduced to “The Real Housewives of Orange County” fans in season 7 as Gunvalson’s love interest. The couple had a tumultuous, on-again, off-again relationship, but things got extra dramatic when they claimed he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. The remainder of the season revolved around whether or not Ayers was truly sick, with some housewives not believing it.” http://www.nickiswift.com/28225/real-housewives-totally-fake/
I found that reading this really allowed me to see into the reality of these shows and their events and that almost nothing on these shows is real life. It makes you wonder if any of these shows or cast were ever real things at all! It is so eye-opening and interesting to see that not everything you see on tv can be claimed to be true at all.