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Which Is a Better Escape: Reality Shows or Scripted Shows?


I've been mulling over an interesting USA Today story today that suggests reality TV is on the rise again because of the recession. The story notes that Dancing with the Stars had its best-ever premiere this week, America's Next Top Model has ticked back up in the ratings, and while American Idol is down this year, its drop is nothing compared to the diminishing ratings for shows like Heroes or Lost. One person quoted about The Bachelor said the show is "comfort food" and "a more easily digestible meal" than scripted comedies or dramas.

It's an interesting theory, so I'm turning to you: Do you think you can escape your (or the world's) troubles more easily watching reality shows, or do you prefer the pure fiction of drama and comedy?

Photos copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

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