Reality TV comes of age with its own fan convention

‘Real Housewives of New York’ star Sonja Morgan and her dog Millou arrive at the first annual Golden Collar Awards celebrating Hollywood's most talented canine thespians from Oscar nominated films and Emmy Award winning television shows in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2012. — Reuters pic
‘Real Housewives of New York’ star Sonja Morgan and her dog Millou arrive at the first annual Golden Collar Awards celebrating Hollywood's most talented canine thespians from Oscar nominated films and Emmy Award winning television shows in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2012. — Reuters pic

LOS ANGELES, April 17 — From gossipy housewives to lovelorn bachelors and lip-syncing drag queens, reality television is getting its own fan event.

Youth channel MTV yesterday announced it would host the first reality television convention, where fans and some of the people made famous by shows like Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives and The Bachelor will come together to celebrate the genre.

MTV, whose The Real World is credited with launching the modern trend for reality television in 1992, said that the RealityCon event would take place in the summer of 2020.

It will feature performances, interviews and discussions with stars and producers behind some of reality television’s most popular series across TV networks, including Survivor, Big Brother, The Hills and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Reality television exploded in the early 2000s when shows like American Idol, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Survivor became some of the most-watched content on US television.

These shows have also become a driving force in pop culture by increasing ethnic and sexual diversity and breaking formerly taboo topics by casting unknown people from all walks of life. The Real World in 1994 was the first to feature an openly gay man with HIV/AIDS on television in its series about a group of young adults living together in the same house in San Francisco.

MTV said it would announce dates and more details about RealityCon at a later stage.

Comic books and movies like Star Wars have held fan conventions around the world for years, often using them as the launching ground for upcoming films, games, television shows and merchandising. — Reuters

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