Bischoff is joined on today’s show by his co-host Nick Hausman.
Bischoff talks about the change in television programming over the last several years. He says the writers strike in the 90s forced television networks to invest in reality-based television shows. Mark Burnett soon emerged with ‘Survivor’, and reality shows began to take over television as a whole.
At that point in time, Bischoff informs that writers began to think that scripted television was a thing of the past. However, within a short period of time there was an abundance of reality-based programming, and a lot of it was junk. Television networks started taking a chance on scripted programming again, and eventually it caught back on. Bischoff considers this to be the golden age of scripted television.
He says that reality shows are much cheaper to produce than scripted programming. On average, a 1-hour reality show costs anywhere between $350,000-$450,000. On the other hand, a 1-hour scripted show can cost in excess of $1.3-$1.5 Million. This was a key factor in why we saw an influx of reality shows in the last 20 years. He informs that while reality shows are certainly ‘structured’ to garner certain responses from the show’s cast, they’re not scripted.