To keep up with the competition, you might think 2012's best reality TV had to be more extreme than ever. However, the traditional reality TV formula of blending cast members' major life events into controversial surroundings with surprises created compelling television. These these reality shows showcased the many possibilities of intriguing 2012 reality TV.the drama did.
Cameras followed five cast members (four Amish and one Mennonite) from their respective Amish communities to New York City, where they learn to "live English" in mainstream American culture. Shortly after the series debuted, multiple anecdotes and photos about the cast members emerged, indicating that TLC had allegedly misrepresented the lives of the cast at the beginning of the show.
Some episodes hinted at the cast members not-so-innocent recent pasts, and the drama surrounding the show only helped its ratings. Among the controversial elements were Kate's DUI, multiple cast members' previous marriages, the existence of Rebecca's daughter, and a previous relationship between cast mates.
The show appears to have been intended as a one-season wonder, though maybe (and hopefully) a second season or follow-up special will occur in 2013.
To address this, TLC produced and aired additional content, such as "Breaking Amish: The Shunning Truth," in which the cast addressed the allegations and photos posted on Facebook and other websites.Jersey Shore" besties Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) and JWOWW (Jenni Farley) as they got an apartment together. However, Snooki had some immediate news; she was pregnant and engaged. What could have been a complete disaster turned out to be a cute and endearing show, proving that even "Jersey Shore" stars adapt to new responsibilities eventually. That said, there were many classic Snooki and JWOWW moments, and this show offered fans an opportunity to see a more sincere side of both women.
Other "Jersey Shore" cast members also made appearances on the spin-off via phone and during a dinner party. The most endearing aspect of this 2012 series is Snooki's genuine maturity. This isn't the foolish girl you first met years ago on "Jersey Shore," but she's still silly and irrepressible.
Season 2 begins on Jan. 8, 2013. Can't wait until then? This dynamic duo will also host MTV's New Year's Eve Party.
After facing legal persecution in Utah, the Brown family fled to Nevada, where they must cope with regional and cultural differences -- even more than usual. Episodes airing in 2012 focused on the family's accrual of four new, nearby homes, as well as the experiences of the family's older children. The family also interacted with another polygamist family during a short vacation, pressed Meri to make a decision about trying for another baby, and launched a new product line.
As the Browns struggle to achieve the American dream, audiences, who likely first tuned in for the shock factor, found them more relatable than ever.
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