Bennett Graebner on Producing Reality Shows

Bennett Graebner was born in Buffalo, NY, on 30th July 1971. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is married with two kids. He got married to his wife, Vanessa Aberman in 2003. He majored in English literature at Vassar College and received his MFA (film production) from the University of Southern California (USC). Bennett Graebner is a prominent producer popularly known for producing the Bachelor in 2002, the Bachelorette in 2003 and his latest show which debuted in 2016, Love at First Kiss.

The Bachelor, the Bachelorette, and Love at First Kiss are similar because the participants are there hoping to find love. The only difference is that the Bachelor and the Bachelorette involve following the participants for some months while Love at First Kiss deals with speed dating, things happen more quickly than in the Bachelor and the Bachelorette. For Bennett Graebner´s adaptaions in Love at First Kiss, the participants do not have time to get to know each other better before dating, after connecting on the first kiss they go to a two minutes date. They will later go to a real date if they still like each other after the speed date. Love at First Kiss seeks to match individuals (who would typically never date each other because of physical appearance) emotionally and intellectually to find out if they have a connection.

According to Bennett Graebner, creating a reality TV show involves the same concepts as creating a regular scripted film. It consists of telling similar kinds of narratives using the same types of procedures. For instance, the characters have to be great, the story has to flow, and there have to be things that make the narrative great such as drama, romance, conflict, and tension. However, the main difference between reality shows and television shows is that the former is not scripted and the producer has to deal with individuals who exist, and he/she cannot control what they do (EW).

With reality shows, even though people know how the show is formatted, each season is always different because it involves different people and the actions and scenes that happen on the show are usually unpredictable.

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