Where is the line?
That’s the question on my mind today as I’m about to welcome Jodi Flynn, a producer of the hit A&E reality/documentary show “Hoarders” as my guest.
I’m not wondering this in a negative way; my family watches a lot of reality TV, from “Survivor” and “Hell’s Kitchen” to “Big Brother” and “Top Chef.” But the definition of “reality” is quite different from what are essentially game shows to programs such as “Hoarders” or its sister show on A&E, “Intervention.”
You can LISTEN to this interview with JODI FLYNN, producer of HOARDERS, by clicking the audio player above!
The latter shows are serious, intense explorations of people whose lives have gone really wrong, sometimes through their own mistakes, sometimes through no fault of their own. So when I ask, “Where is the line?” I really want to know if there is a point in space we just shouldn’t cross out of respect for human dignity.
Having said all that, does it make me a hypocrite to say you can catch Hoarders ever Monday night on A&E at 10 p.m.?
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Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).