I can’t help but think about how reality television shows have spiraled into money-making ventures that are rather pointless. Producers of this genre have realized that audiences get hooked on the “story” of a certain show, so there are spin-offs of that show. For example, most reality shows now have a “reunion special” that airs after the original show’s season. It gets everyone back together in a talk show capacity for one final show of conflict. And then there are the shows like Real World/Road Rules Challenge that combines two totally unrelated reality shows and makes them play silly games against each other. Anything for a buck these days, I suppose.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that the character dynamics of the “casts” are very specifically chosen. There is a slutty one, a bossy one, a good girl/guy, a party animal, a brainy one, etc. Give them booze and see what happens. Take this same formula, and put the people in various different settings such as a house where they can’t leave, an RV, an island, a pawn shop, a swamp, or a job, and you have yourself some limitless possibilities.