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How Real Is Showtime’s The Real L Word?

It’s no secret much of reality TV is scripted — and if it’s not scripted, it’s, ahem, “edited.” So how does Showtime’s The Real L Word measure up against The Hills or Real Housewives?

Well it’s not as storyboarded as The Hills, which wasn’t even really a reality show. And where Real Housewives has obvious storylines in place, for now The Real L Word seems a big more organic. That doesn’t mean producers aren’t using reality TV’s regular toolkit of gimmicks to go from reality to reality TV.

Autostraddle has an enthralling conversation with Carly, a producer in the genre. And if you’re watch L Word, you’ll enjoy the scene-by-scene analysis of what’s real vs. what’s been pieced together in post-production. Says Carly as a general rule: “Audio only gets choppy like that when you start cutting it up. If you only hear it, and the person isn’t on screen saying it, chances are it’s ’cause edits are in there. A rule of editing: there’s usually a reason for the cut, especially in docu-shooting.”

By:          Sarah Nigel
On:           Aug 2, 2010
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    • Ne Reynders

      Rose’s character is the BIGGEST BITCH on the show and to her gf! Her GF needs to get the hell away from her ASAP! I know the show is not real, but really, could you have made “Rose” any more atrocious??? She thinks she’s God’s gift to women which wow, you’re NOT! It’s just all about ‘ME, ME, ME, ME”! TAKE HER OFF THE SHOW…SHE’S SPOILING IT!

      Aug 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason

      I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the “lesbians” have boyfriends or husbands in their actual lives. What a joke! The whole show ought to be canned – it’s atrocious, and an insult to the GLBT community.

      Aug 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ava

      This show would be watchable if they took off the two egomaniacs Mikey and Rose. Mikey is a nobody who is rude and obnoxious to people.She also sounds like a uneducated twit with her overuse of the F word. Rose thinks she is the shit when in reality she is just a bitch. I hope those two are just characters because if not I feel bad for people they hang around with.

      Aug 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tazz602

      I don’t know one Lesbian, here or in LA that likes this show. It is nothing like real life in LA, nothing like anything anywhere. I mean, c’mon – the scripted show was more real than this CRAP. We need quality from Logo – not this garbage!!

      Aug 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tazz602

      I meant quality from Showtime – oops – my bad – need quality comments too!! – :)

      Aug 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • [email protected]

      Sorry if I state the obvious, but power lesbians are like power a-gays and power straights… gross people. This show captures that pretty well. Which makes it unwatchable.

      Aug 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jules

      Carlytron is a rockstar! And another great article from Autostraddle. Best LGBTQ Website in my opinion.

      Aug 3, 2010 at 7:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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