9 November 2010 8:11 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Reality doesn't exist.Thirty-one. That's the number of breakdowns via Breakdown Services released to talent agents in the past twelve months for reality programming seeking actors as 'real' people. It's been no industry secret that those 'real people' you see on "Survivor," "Big Brother," and similar non-episodic programming that clog our cable providers have not been filled solely with people pulled from the local mall; they are sweetened with actors who are cast in sessions put together via submissions from talent agencies. If this is news to you, welcome to reality. Among the 'real' shows revealed in my breakdown search seeking 'real people' (who just happen to have real talent agents), the projects included:– An untitled, reality/fashion show seeking 'real' photographers who by coincidence are also actors. (Faux-cameras need not apply.)– A non-union, major cable untitled reality show looking to tear apart BFFs—who happen to be actors—as »

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