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Is Reality TV Real? TV Gets A Dose of Shows That Are Proudly Fake

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When fired Storage Wars star Dave Hester (“Yuuup!”) filed suit in December against A&E and Original Productions, accusing them of rigging the show by planting valuable items in some storage units, he reignited an old debate questioning how “real” reality TV actually is. Other series, like TLC’s Breaking Amish, have weathered criticism that participants’ backgrounds were embellished. And it’s now widely accepted that docusoaps like MTV’s The Hills were heavily scripted.

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