No matter how much we hate and criticize them, reality shows are fun to watch. Most shows revolve around a particular issue or event that the audience can relate to, and from that is built a show. Since many reality shows are being aired every week, the concepts behind most of the shows have become monotonous and boring.
If you are an aspiring, professional writer and are looking for some unique reality TV show ideas, here are some pitching ideas that will not only promote the show but the writer too.
How to Start a Reality Show
Have a Specific Concept
One of the most basic concept of a successful show is to judge accurately what the market is buying or what exactly your audience wants to see on TV. Be specific in your concept; even if you have a generic idea, try to run your creative mind in a specific direction.
Decide whether you are preparing a concept for a reality series, TV game show, drama series, etc. Don't be scared to create two or more variations on the same concept, as each one will give you a different result which will increase your chance of making more sales. Come up with a thought which is unique, never tried before, and apply different approaches.
Create a Highly Marketable Concept
Remember watching television is all about witnessing action, emotion, and real scenarios, that one may not see in real and everyday life. Hence, try coming up with concepts or ideas that are highly marketable.
This primarily includes titles that can roll off the tongue easily, provoke conversations, and simply tell you exactly what people are going to be watching. For example 'Blind Date', 'Temptation Island', 'The Bachelor', 'Joe Millionaire', 'Wife Swap' or 'The Apprentice' are all good titles which can instantly grab the viewer's attention and curiosity.
Cover Different Professions or Lifestyles
The most basic and successful element of any reality TV show is the documentary style series covering varying professions or lifestyles of people.
Considering the inquisitive human mentality, such stories can serve the irresistible curiosity of the viewer to know about other people's personal life and work. So, if you have any such concept or idea in your mind that suits this style, get some actual or well-known people involve to pitch it.
In case you don't have any idea or concept in your mind, then the last minute savior is to prepare your reality TV concept based on a film story. While watching a movie, try to look at the core concept and the story of the movie, that inspires you and comprises some basic elements or concepts that can be translated in to a reality based show.
Outline a minimum of two sample episodes, as writing up additional episode ideas shows your show has legs and can be a huge success. Hopefully these ideas prove to be helpful to all you aspiring writers, and help to create a reality show with a concept never seen or heard before.