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Most reality shows are, to some extent, fake, frankensteined together in the editing room or herded along by producers if not outright staged. But a trend emerging from TCA is that of the mock unscripted series -- the reality parody that pulls together the snap zooms and the "next ons" and all the other tropes common in the "nonfiction" realm of the small screen. TV is following in the footsteps of the internet in this -- recent web series like The Onion's "Sex House" and Yahoo's "Burning Love" skewered both the tendencies of and visual language of "The Real World," "Big Brother" and "The Bachelor." Bet's "Real Husbands of Hollywood," which closed out the second day of the winter press tour with a very funny session from stars Kevin Hart (the creator) and J.B. Smoove, is a satirical male-centric answer to the likes of the "Real Housewives" franchise and "Basketball. »


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