Originally Posted by Charles R
When I watched Ed Sullivan
I never thought it was a reality show.
Actually, The Voice
is more a hybrid of game show/reality show. They can't see you gimmick, the buzzers, knock-out rounds, stealing the other's contestants, viewers voting... how many minutes of singing were broadcast last night... 10, 15?
Ed Sullivan was a comedy/variety show so by placing that in the your discussion, maybe that explains the confusion you have .. .. I watched it as it happened .. it was not a talent show and really is not a good comparison .. the amount of singing is also really not relevant .. the point is, talent shows have been a staple on TV for at least 50 years ..
A reality TV show, by definition, is supposed to create an artificial reality and see how folks respond .. and they are really nothing new .. "Candid Camera", "Truth or Consequences" .. PBS did a documentary in the early 1970's called "An American Familiy" which was likely the birth of what we now call reality show ..
No talent is required to be on a reality TV show .. thus, by it's very nature, "The Voice" is not a reality show ..
Now, a talent show goes back to the 1940's .. Ted Mack ..
Talent competitions .. shows where contestants attempt to win a prize based on their TALENT .. are a different catagory than Reality TV shows ..