Thursday, April 4, 2013

Are real-life crime and court proceedings the best thing in reality television these days?

After reading a piece by NBC's Today show "The Clicker" about new reality television programs, I have to wonder if the best thing that reality television has to offer is real-life crime and court proceedings.

After all, everyone knows that reality television is hardly reality but scripted programs that appear to look like real life. When you compare these programs to the drama of some of the most popular court trials publicized on television (think O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias), it seems there really is no comparison. When you want to watch "real" reality television, crime and court proceedings are your best bet.

The allure of crime programming is great too. There may be a lot of cattiness on shows such as Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but compared to the antics of Casey Anthony preceding her 2011 murder trial for the death of her nearly three-year-old, adorable daughter Caylee, most would switch the channel from RHOBH to see Casey's mug in court any day.

And let's not forget the trial that is currently taking the nation by storm: Jodi Arias. Arias is accused of murdering her secret lover on June 4, 2008, then going about her business for a month as if she was nothing but a grieving friend. Every element a writer could put into a scripted "reality" program is in abundant form in the Arias trial.

Do you want sex, murder, pedophilia, religion, violence, abuse take your pick? The Jodi Arias trial contained some of the raunchiest, dirtiest, and most vulgar language ever to hit television airwaves.

Let's go back to the O.J. Simpson trial, shall we? You simply couldn't ask for a better cast of characters than the ones that popped up during that 1995 trial. Who could forget Kato Kaelin, who actually rose to fame from the trial?

O.J. Simpson awaits verdict on October 3, 1995.

Maybe one of the draws with live trials and why they seem to hook viewers so easily is that you really don't know what the outcome will be. Not only do televised live trials give an inside look at court proceedings, something many may find interesting, but there really is no way to predict how a jury will vote.

Both O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony were acquitted during their trials; much to the shock and horror of those who faithfully tuned in to the daily broadcasts.

And who could forget the release of live doves after Michael Jackson was acquitted of child molestation? Honestly, would a scriptwriter even think of crafting a story where a pop music sensation...the "King of Pop" is put on trial for child molestation, wears his pajamas to court, then at his acquittal, onlookers celebrate by releasing doves into the California breeze?

Here are some videos from Michael Jackson's acquittal and other infamous moments from live, reality court television.

If you weren't aware, Mr Kardashian is the father of Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob.


The Casey Anthony verdict prompted protests.


The Jodi Arias trial continues live, you may watch it below.

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 Check out these videos from "The Ellen Show" where she breaks down the truth about reality television shows.


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