Charles Van Doren a college professor appeared on the game show Twenty One was very successful. Only problem was that one of his opponents Herbert Stempel revealed that he was told to give a wrong answer for a question he knew in advance would be asked. Stempel blew the whistle on the producers of the show.
He was told to lose when the producers wanted Van Doren to become champion. The contestants were told to fidget and pretend to not know the answers to increase the dramatic impact of the shows.
After the first show failed to please Geritol who was sponsoring the show because it wasn’t as dramatic as Geritol had hoped it would be the producers decided to rig the show.
Van Doren confessed at a house hearing investigating quiz shows that he had been given the answers to each question so that he could remain on the show for as many weeks as they wanted him on the show.
The website below tells in the own words of the people involved how the quiz shows were fixed:
Forerunner Of Reality Shows Being Rigged
The producers rigging the quiz shows reminds me of the way that producers rig the so-called reality shows of today. If a reality show had a house of people that got along well and just talked about the weather and never had a harsh word for the others living in the house it would garner very low ratings. So to increase ratings they throw people into a house that are short tempered and have problems getting along with other people.
There is nothing real about reality shows even reality shows like American Idol which seems to be staged in a way to favor a certain contestant. It seems like the best singers never open the show. Then on elimination night the producers play with the idols as they sort them into different groups and create a mystery of whether they are in a safe group or the bottom three group.
Then to build up the suspense they pretend to be close to naming the contestant that is being eliminated. However they may show a commercial first, then let another famous singer sing a song and then go to another commercial. By the time they return to revealing who has been elimnated another ten minutes has passed.
High School Reunion reality show is another example of how everything is planned ahead to create the most dramatic effect. They don’t bring classmates on the show who got along very well and had no problems. Instead they bring former wives and husbands who have not seen each other in a long time. They bring the rowdiest ones from school who cause unrest with all the classmates in the house in Hawaii where the reunion is being held.
They purposely bring to the so-called high school reunion classmates who were bitter rivals in high school and then just sit by and let the sparks fly. It is sad that television viewers are entertained by people fighting and bickering among themselves.
We can expect more reality shows as the networks turn to cheaply produced reality shows to save money. In a way the reality shows are scripted shows e