Docuseries Or Reality TV?
Is there really a difference between a docuseries and reality television?
According to Oprah Winfrey there is. It is almost that time, when Lindsay Lohan graces your television screens, once again in a docuseries appropriately named after her. As you can recall, Oprah granted Lohan an eight-episode series which will follow the life of the troubled star after rehab, as she tries to rebuild her image while staying sober. Sounds like a reality show to you, doesn’t it? Well, the mega mogul that is Oprah says it’s more of a docuseries. Okay, then, what’s the difference?
In a nutshell, many believe that reality television is staged, where producers put cast members in less than ideal situations knowing that the outcome will generate ratings, and according to Oprah, there’s none of that in her docuseries. In a docuseries, real lives are filmed; therefore real situations occur without the staging or influences of others for huge viewership. For the most part, it’s 100% authentic. It’s real, while reality television arguably is not. So much for [real]ity TV. Whether docuseries or reality, whatever Oprah puts her hands on, turns to gold. Let’s see if she can turn the wild child upside down.
The new series, Lindsay will premiere on March 9 on OWN. Will you tune in?