10 Secrets of Filming Reality TV Shows

Drama Is Induced
A fight breaks out on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey". Was it real or fake? Does it matter? Patrick Harbron/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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].