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Well, this article really burst my bubble! I first got hooked into reality television with millions of others back in 2000, when "Survivor" debuted. I have never missed an episode — not sure if that's a good thing to admit — and have added "The Amazing Race" and "The Biggest Loser" to my can't-miss reality repertoire. In the beginning, when I heard rumbles of producers tweaking a few things, I didn't believe it. But over time, I realized it was true. And I was O.K. with it, since I assumed the bulk of the shows' content was real. Now, I'm rather amazed at how much tinkering goes on. Recently, I began watching some house-hunting shows while at the gym, and got hooked. But now that I know those may be totally false, I refuse to watch anymore!

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