The history of current forms of reality television is not very profound; It dates back to 2000, when the show Survivor was broadcast. The general success of this program has prompted the networks to include reality TV in its broadcast offer. Starting in 2015, reality TV programs will be broadcast on more than fifty different channels. However, reality television had evolved slowly for several years before Survivor placed the genre in the mainstream. The format for capturing real people in real circumstances dates from the 1940s and 1950s. Perhaps two of the most successful shows in this period Candid Camera in the 1940s and Queen for a Day in the 1950s. Both shows showed real people in circumstances in which they found themselves, revealing who they were either through their actions or by answering questions, thus creating drama, excitement or comedy from the results. Both shows generated record amounts of advertising dollars and were broadcast for many years. In the 1960s and 1970s, there were also successful reality shows, such as This Is Your Life, Mutual of Omaha`s Wild Kingdom, Seven Up!, An American Family, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and Family. The networks, which are not part of the four major networks, have also produced and broadcast successful reality programs since the beginning of 2000.
For example, the A-E network broadcast Duck Dynasty, the Bravo network broadcast The Real Housewives, E! Network aired Keeping Up with the Kardashians, MTV aired The Real World and Jersey Shore, UPN aired America`s supermodel and the TLC network aired Jon and Kate Plus 8. These networks have also broadcast hundreds of other reality programs since 2000. For all networks, there are thousands of reality programs that are developed for every show that is broadcast, so development is where much of the reality TV work takes place for producers and their lawyers. Reality TV continued to grow in the 1980s with the arrival of a new reality genius; The professional word for procedure. Cops debuted and immediately became a hit show that has been broadcast continuously for more than 25 years. The show is based on teams of cameras that follow the police in their tasks, including the interaction and arrest of criminals. The Real World made its debut in 1992 and aired its 30th season until 2015. This show, supposedly inspired by the PBS series An American Family, is considered the kind of capture of strangers to live and interact, while the cameras record everything that happens.
Reality TV certainly developed, but it wasn`t until the late 1990s and early 2000s that it moved beyond a niche to win over a mainstream audience. The hit shows were broadcast not only on niche cable channels, but on major networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. The first hit shows were Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race and American Idol, quickly followed by The Biggest Loser, The Apprentice, Dancing With the Stars, America`s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and Hell`s Kitchen. It should be noted that while most reality shows are not broadcast on any of the four major networks (CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox), there are many more opportunities to bring a reality show to one of the other forty-five networks that broadcast reality programming. It`s just because there are more of these channels, and also because a show doesn`t need to reach a large audience. The four major networks have certainly broadcast successful reality shows since 2000, but each network has broadcast at least thirty reality shows during this period that have not lasted more than one season. It is very difficult to get an agreement with any network to produce and broadcast a show, and it is even more difficult to develop, produce and broadcast a reality show that will last more than one season. While this seemingly simple agreement is useful for both the producer and the author, it is often used as a shortcut to avoid both the negotiation time and the cost of the option agreement.