See: Professional Sports
In the UK, where the explosion of Digital Terrestrial Television has now given most of the public at least 30 channels to choose from, the big 5 commercial terrestrial channels have employed reality TV as a tactic to maintain large audiences. Most guilty of this is 'itv', nicknamed chavtv whos last two attempts at reality TV were a little too far fetched (celebrity wrestling and celebrity love island) and concequently flopped.
My hope is that this represents a turn in the tide of endless banal reality TV and that the enormous amount of money made off it will be invested into quality TV programming but I think thats unlikely.
Air head: Omg! Tara just found out Josh cheated on her with Jenna at Tara's own party. Kim got a DUI. Chelsea got a contract with the best supermodeling agencies in the world. Chad just got promoted to a million dollar business, and Kelly found out she got preggers my some random hookup she met at Tara's party. OMG!! Sooo much drama!1
Smart person: You do know that's all scripted, right?
Air head: Ughh! Whatevs!