Unscripted? Get Real.

One of the attractions of the “reality TV” genre for programming executives and networks is the comparatively low cost of production. One of the biggest cost savings is that no writers need to be paid, since all the action is unscripted. Or is it? The union that represents Hollywood writers says that reality shows unquestionably “have scripts, called ‘paper cuts’ in the trade. Jokes are penned for hosts, banter for judges. Plot points and narrative arcs are developed. In some cases, lines are fed directly to contestants.” Not surprisingly, the union would like to see someone getting paid for this.

Source: Washington Post - 08/10/04