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Quick Takes: In light of recent background-check mishaps, is reality TV a disaster waiting to happen?

Jul 23, 2001  •  Post A Comment

“The networks want a TV disaster to happen. `Big Brother 2′ was lagging in the ratings. … I’m not saying CBS told [ejected contestant] Justin to pick up a knife and threaten someone, but I do think they may have reiterated to the housemates to be wild and shocking.”
Christy Lynn, soft AC morning show host, Westwood One Radio Networks
“Given their resources, [producers] shouldn’t be making these mistakes. But any person willing to be on a reality show assumes the risk that mistakes may happen. It’s impossible to guarantee a disaster-free reality. Can we really expect more from reality TV?”
Curtis Kin, attorney, former “Big Brother” contestant
“Clearly there is an audience for reality TV. However, safety procedures need to be adapted to the more challenging conditions.”
Sharon Moloney, general manager, WPMI-TV (NBC), Mobile, Ala.