"Reality Hell" is a hidden-camera hybrid show on E! The subjects on "Reality Hell" think they are contestants on a real reality show. They gear up for their 15 minutes of fame on "Reality Hell," only to have it turn into a time of infamy.
Whether it's toddlers fighting for a pageant crown or people going on dates in pitch-black rooms, reality television is constantly pushing the envelope to see what it can come up with next.
Unsuspecting Kelly Tousignant (second from left) thinks she's competing in a reality show called "The Complete Package," but in reality she's part of "Reality Hell," a show that creates fake reality shows.
(Courtesy E! Entertainment Television Inc.)So what do you get when you create a show that openly mocks reality shows? E!'s latest series, which premieres Sunday. "Reality Hell" lures unsuspecting participants onto fake reality shows in order to mess with their heads.
"It started out as just trying, in some way, to deconstruct the reality genre, because reality has almost become a parody of itself," show creator-executive producer Peter Cohen said. "So, I thought, let's take it to one more level."