She spoke with me recently about her televised dating experience and had some insightful comments on reality TV today, how it got here, and where it should head next.
So where do these extreme contestants and situations come from?Have networks and producers skewed reality so much over time that it's no longer about real people and real life, or have we just mislabelled a genre that thrives on manufactured clichés, unreal situations, and good old fashioned voyeurism?"The word people should be looking for is television, not reality," says contestant Sasha Perl-Raver, who was one of six people looking for love in the third episode of this year's new ABC reality romance series.No dude ever crosses the bar because a girl looks funny or smart." on CW, which pits one unstable couple against all their obstacles en route to the altar – in one week's time.I also asked Perl-Raver if she would date on reality TV again."Oh, hell no," says Perl-Raver.Jason Mesnick also shocked audiences earlier in 2009 by changing his mind after the season finale, switching out Melissa for Molly as his true love."I just really hope that reality TV doesn't become the last bastion of entertainment …I would love to think that, like everything else – the pet rock, the hula hoop – the entertainment value of reality TV is going to dwindle." Perl-Raver would rather see a resurgence in scripted television, acknowledging that's hard during a recession.The other two males remained in the house only as companions to Chris.Perl-Raver says the show left out several other dates and milestones, including a scene when the girls receive humorous sketches based on the guys' perceptions of them in the dark, and a sexually-charged date including Jennifer, Chris and whip cream.It costs a great deal less to produce an hour of reality than an hour of primetime drama.My fear is that (reality TV) will become more participatory with the audience," she says.