Is reality TV a coherent genre? This book addresses this question by examining the characteristics, contexts and breadth of reality TV through a history of its programming trends. Paying attention to stylistic connections as well as key concepts, this study breaks reality television down into three main 'generations': the camcorder generation, the competition generation and the celebrity generation. Beginning with a consideration of the applicability of the term 'genre' for this televisual hybrid, the book takes a transnational approach to investigating the forms and formats of reality TV framed by relevant popular and critical discourses.When I began studying reality television, many years ago now, I found myself collecting episodes of Cops (1989a), footage from Court TV ... Home Videos ( 1989a 99, 2001a) and seemingly endless hours of highway pursuits filmed from helicopters and police cruisers. ... Wedding, which is a sociological series about marriage rituals amongst Britaina#39;s traveller communities; Who Do You Think You Are?
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