Marc Juris, the president of WE tv and adjunct professor at Tisch UGFTV recently wrote in The Hollywood Reporter that reality TV needs to be considered a crucial part of the new "golden age" of television. He writes:
The term "reality" is often misused as a "one-size-fits-all" label.
There has been so much written about the notion that we’re in a "new golden age" of television, and without much elaboration you know the shows they’re talking about – scripted dramas, TV’s version of the films that defined the 1970s, with distinctive characters and bold, compelling, serialized storytelling.
But there’s a broadly defined genre of programming that shouldn’t be left out of this conversation, and that’s unscripted, or reality, or whatever you want to call an expanding array of shows that don’t feature hired actors reading lines off a page written by someone else.