Drama Is Induced
Teresa Giudice of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" said in an interview with Deadline that the show's producers didn't script her infamous table-flip, which she performed in a fit of rage. No, that was her idea. That comment hints that producers may have made it clear they wanted action and drama on the show — hardly unusual for a reality television show.
But drama isn't simply the result of production cues to cast members. A former contestant on "The Bachelor" told The Daily Beast that the booze flowed freely, day and night, to get contestants "more talkative, more sensitive." And probably less inhibited. And with filming lasting all night, at least in the beginning, it's no wonder people are emotional on the show.
What about all of those misty eyes so frequently seen on reality television? Some are undoubtedly spontaneous and real, while others are forced and fake. Costello of Australia's "The Biggest Loser" said producers got in contestants' faces, continually asking questions such as, "Do you miss your kids?" to induce tears. It worked; Costello said he cried, and more than once [source: News].