Video: Fact Vs. Fiction on Reality TV

New shows blur the line, raising ethics and aesthetics questions

In his 1979 movie Real Life, Albert Brooks plays a documentary filmmaker who spends weeks living with a "typical" American family, filming their every move. But his cinema-verite opus runs into trouble, and he decides to salvage it by creating a blockbuster ending: he sets their house on fire. So what, he reasons, if his real-life film suddenly turns fake: "What are they gonna do -- put me in movie jail?"

Well, no one is about to be thrown into TV jail, but a new batch of shows is playing ever faster and looser with the line that separates fact and...

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