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Reality TV Has Always Existed

It seems like everyone wants reality television to run its course and get off their television sets. The truth is that’s never going to happen. Reality TV is here to stay. Since the late 1940s, it’s existed in one form or another and many of the first reality shows were adapted from radio. For example, Candid Camera started as Candid Microphone. While it may seem quaint now, Candid Camera basically had the audience spying on people who were put in uncomfortable situations without being in on the joke.

Even though Candid Camera still seems tame, Queen for a Day, which also started on radio and aired on TV from 1956 to 1964, is shocking by modern standards. The host would force housewives to recount all the misery in their lives, many broke down and cried, so that they could potentially win whatever they needed. Whoever the audience determined had the most tragic story would get help, everyone else was sent home without so much as fare for the bus.

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CBS Announces New Fall Schedule

On Wednesday, CBS announced its Fall 2012 schedule. While Fox and NBC have spread out their show debuts over a month and a half, all of CBS’s shows will debut toward the end of September.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, this is the full CBS Fall Schedule with new shows in ALL CAPS.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
8-9:30 p.m. Survivor: Philippines

Monday, Sept. 24
8-8:30 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
8:30-9 p.m. PARTNERS
9-9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls
9:30-10 p.m. Mike & Molly
10-11 p.m. Hawaii Five-0

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The CBS Buzz Tour May Come to You

Fox is not the only network to have a summer tour. The “CBS Buzz Tour” is also visiting various cities giving prizes, previews, and photo opportunities to CBS fans. Alex Boylan from The Amazing Race and Burton Roberts from Survivor: Pearl Islands will engage viewers online with “Inside Buzz” webisodes, blogs, and contests on CBS.com as they travel around the country.

The tour dates that have been announced are: (* marks dates that are before the official kickoff)

Saturday, June 30: Boston (WBZ) at the CBS Scene restaurant at Patriot Place*

Sunday, July 1: Boston (WBZ) at the Charles River Esplanade*

Wednesday, July 4: Kickoff during the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” (10-11pm)

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