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For Real: The Story of Reality TV

For Real: The Story of Reality TV

  • Premiered: 
    March 25, 2021
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  • Network: E!
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced and hosted by Andy Cohen, FOR REAL: THE STORY OF REALITY TV is a seven-episode limited series that revisits some of the most iconic reality television moments that have shaped the world and shares the inside scoop from the icons who lived it. The series explores different themes including celebreality, dating, competition and extreme makeover series, among others, and shares shocking revelations from those industry executives, producers and journalists who helped catapult reality programming into the pop culture zeitgeist. Featuring untold stories and never-before-seen footage, Cohen reminisces with some of the biggest stars to examine the evolution and decades-long cultural impact of unscripted television. Cohen navigates reality's storied past as he dishes with the Kardashian/Jenner family ahead of their final season of KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS; celebrates all that Black women have brought to the genre with an insightful conversation with Kandi Burruss, Vivica A. Fox and producers Holly Carter and Mona Scott-Young; reveals secrets from THE BACHELOR with Jason and Molly Mesnick; and brings together cast members of the first season of THE REAL WORLD for a long-awaited and tearful reunion after 20 years. Additional talent interviews for the series include: Bret Michaels, Caroline Manzo, Clay Aiken, Danny Cahill, Dr. Drew, Eric Nies, Heather B. Gardner, Janice Dickinson, Jazz Jennings, Julie Chen, Julie Gentry, Kelly Alemi, Kendra Wilkinson, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Luann de Lesseps, Melissa Rivers, Mama June, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, Nev Schulman, Norman Korpi, Omarosa Newman, Dr. Paul Nassif, Rachel Zoe, Ramona Singer, Richard Hatch, Ruben Studdard, Russ and Paola Mayfield, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, Tami Roman, Teresa Giudice, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Thom Filicia.
On Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT, Bravo premiered "Make It Work," the finale of FOR REAL: THE STORY OF REALITY TV. Andy Cohen and stars of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, AMERICAN IDOL, and THE APPRENTICE reveal secrets of reality competition shows; a discussion of Black Girl Magic and reality TV with Vivica A. Fox and Kandi Burruss.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Bunim-Murray Productions