‘Real Housewives’: How Producers Trick Stars to Get the Most Drama
If you’ve watched any of the Real Housewives franchise, then you know that each show has its fair share of drama. There hasn’t been a single trip that the women have gone on that hasn’t resulted in an ended friendship, broken glasses, or some shocking revelation.
Truly, we cannot get enough of it.
But with so much drama happening in every episode, we have to wonder, how much of it is real?
Some people think that the show is scripted, but really the producers are just utilizing a few tricks to optimize the drama.
How do the producers keep the drama up?
One of the easiest tricks that the producers like to use on the cast is giving the members different call times. On the Real Housewives of Beverly
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If you’ve ever watched a particularly tense or drama-filled Real Housewives dinner scene and wondered why mortal enemies were sitting next to each other, then you’ve probably already caught on to this trick. Producers will typically create a seating chart for these dinner scenes to promote the most drama.
A former producer sat down with Business Insider to dish on how they make it happen.
“You’ll say, ‘When you walk up, you’re going to sit next to him and sit across from her,’ in some cases,” the producer said. “Sometimes the whole cast knows where they’re sitting, and sometimes they don’t know. Sometimes just a few know.”
Do producers plan the storylines?
So, the show isn’t necessarily scripted, but producers will guide the drama.
Another producer told the outlet that they will try to set up storyline before filming starts.
“I’ll put it into their heads so they think about it organically,” the producer said. “I’ll trick them. Basically, I’ll sort of give them story beats a
The person went on to describe how they plant things in the stars’ heads.
“You simply prompt them and you say, ‘Hey, so-and-so, I know you feel this way, tell him about that.'”
“In a weird way, you’re doing on-camera therapy, but all you’re actually doing is bringing out the tension that exists between these two people and letting them talk it out. I know this sounds bizarre, but I have seen relationships actually improve because of the intervention of the show in people’s lives.”
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