Reality TV shows
With controversies and millionaires, reality TV has managed to capture audiences across the world.
June 15, 2009 3:23 by Aarti Nagraj
But the protest in Bahrain has not stopped the region from jumping on the reality TV bandwagon.
According to ‘Arabic Reality TV Shows’, a report released by the Arab Advisors Group last year, the production of reality shows is increasing in the region. “Analyzing the landscape, shows a major transformation in the production of reality TV shows on Arab TV,” Andrawes Snobar, Arab Advisors Senior Research Analyst and Team Leader wrote in the report. “A small majority of the reality shows on the researched Arab TV channels are now original shows rather than licensed formats from global companies,” he said.
“Obviously, many Arab TV stations outgrew the learning phase of reality TV production, and started their own formats which could mean a better fit with the Arabic culture and norms,” he said.
Some of the most popular Arabic reality TV shows include Star Academy, Super Star, Perfect Bride, Biggest Loser, Album, Live Safari, The Manager, and Mission Fashion.