Reality television is propping up the local production scene, according to the LA Times. Richard Verrier writes in the Business section:
Camera crews tracking the unscripted lives of car buffs, geeky guys longing to date supermodels, wannabe singers and aspiring tycoons are filling streets and neighborhoods, turning the area into the reality TV capital of the world.
Not that this is news. Verrier also thinks that reality TV started in 2000 with Survivor, which isn’t remotely correct–does the Times think Wikipedia is a source?
The WGA strike of 1988 pushed networks to produce strike-proof programming, and Unsolved Mysteries, Rescue 911, and similiar shows featuring re-creations, along with documentary-style interviews, were developed. And then came Cops.