ice road truckers is scripted, but hugely entertaining. my issue is when the stars/production campany/channel lie about it being fake and scripted.
I'd always assumed there were a few planted items - or at least that the show runners and storage owners had checked the lockers out to make sure that day's lockers had some interest - but it's the stupidity of the buyers that's so compelling.
Barry Weiss buys a locker and tosses out everything but a tiny knick-knack. Darrell Sheets buys the same piece-of-crap locker, points at a stack of crap and says "That's 300 bucks, right there, all day long." I find myself shouting at the TV "No it's not! That's two and thruppence, if you're lucky." I need to get out more.
All reality TV is staged. It wouldn't be much of a show if people continually bought lockers full of discarded domestic items and made twenty dollars profit on each. I'm not sure the Hester 'disclosure' will even hurt the show that much. I know I'll tune in just to see if the nature of the lockers has changed.
i enjoy the show, even knowing it had a fair element of fakeness to it. But there valuation of the items is laughable. putting hundreds of dollars value on trash can get annoying to look at. barry is a friend of the producer i think, and fairly wealthy , but to see him trash most of the stuff in the locker is annoying.
at least in Pawn Stars , there is realistic values on the items, and they seem to pass on items they think are valued too high. no doubt interesting items are lined up for them, but that probably happens more naturally now as the fame of the show has grown
I agree with you Smiggy - Sheets in particular puts (unquestioned) valuations on absolute garbage and the counter in the corner just clocks up the numbers. I do wonder at the show's characters in general though. Only Hester seems to have made a living pre-show at buying lockers. Sheets claims to have been doing it for years, but given the ludicrous prices he puts on everything, you have to wonder.
Everyone else seems to have just appeared at the beginning of the first series. Same goes for Storage Wars Texas. Ricky and Bubba mirror Darrell and Brandon. Moe mirrors Barry. Victor is a variation of Barry's dilettante with too much money. Jenny Grumbles appears just to be eye candy, without the character and dynamic of Brandi on the original show.
He is looking for the rare or unusual. He donates most of what he finds to charity.
Mary Padlan - the ahem "Junkster" - on SWT has to be the most ludicrous character yet. "I'll buy this desk of drawers and turn them into a double sink. What's that you say madam? You'll give me $1,000 for it?" Riiiiiight....
Are there people out there who actually believe most of these 'reality' shows are in fact reality? The American ones are horrific, with the rest of the worlds ones not too far behind.
Edit - granted some of them can be mildy fun/amusing yes, but its so blatantly obvious that its all for the camera
The fakest reality show out there has to be hardcore pawn. I only watch it in the hope that someone will punch les or his 2 kids in the face really hard.
I've watched a few storage wars, dont like, suspected probably scripted but dont like the characters anyway.
Hardcore Pawn, annoying, hate the nasty family.
Pawn Stars (In Las vegas) I like, they have some interesting stuff on it,old guns and the like, plus they are pleasant and it actually seems quite genuine, they dont appear to be ripping people off (or at least they aren't being pleasant to the customers face, while gouging them and then going on about it behind their back like american guns, which I also think is part scripted too).
Or maybe Im being naive
What i really liked in pawn stars was where the woman came in with the broach looking for $2000 and rick told her it was worth more and offered her $14000. Probably scripted but looked good.
He is getting his own show i can't find the link though
I was in the Pawn Stars shop in Las Vegas its a complete dump and very small with nearly everything over priced, well i thought so anyway.
I was actually disappointed to find out the entire show is scripted
Fake customers with interesting items I can deal with but scripting doesn't even make sense to me. I would of thought that with people bringing in interesting items to sell there is no need to script every single line!?
I saw a script online before but can't seem to find it now?