(Our first episode release as part of the illustrious Gonna Geek Podcast Network!)
Have you ever been excluded from a discussion, or otherwise accused of being wrong because of your opinions on a book, comic, graphic novel, or other printed source? Ever seen a book club descend into something more closely resembling Fight Club? Better yet, have you ever seen a rabid "shipper" tear into an unsuspecting reader who was simply looking for explanation of some character subtext?
There are many among us who immerse ourselves in the books, comics, graphic novels, and other printed tales with such fervor that we defend them adamantly. But what happens when our loving, possessive nature starts dividing the fanbase, pitting readers against each other in ill-tempered (but often quite detailed) debates?
From the early days of "Candid Camera", to the 90's boom of "Big Brother", "The Real World" and "Survivor", to today's "The Deadliest Catch", "The Voice", and "Hell's Kitchen", the concept of unscripted television has evolved from a format novelty with roots in documentaries, to a cornerstone of the modern broadcast programming schedule, even on such unlikely networks as the History Channel AMC, and Bravo.
A currently divisive form of entertainment, we seek to find the goals and aspirations of the gems within this television format by talking with some of the individuals who help create these programs, and in doing so, identify the positives of an oft-maligned genre that we may both applaud and enjoy.