Mystery Diners - Fake And Illegal?

Anyone watch this show on Food network?

In the begining of each episode, they indicate location of all hidden cameras to be installed. Late in the show, they use live streaming video to reveal the "secret". The concept is ok but sometime, some footages shown come out from a angle that just can't possiblely be recorded from any mentioned locations. Make you wonder if the show is staged like a movie, or fake.

Also, they often interrupt audio conversation in the show. Isn't that wiretapping ? Legal or unlawful?

Wait, are you suggesting there is a reality show that is not fake?

e.g., Mystery Diners Faking It

Also, they often interrupt audio conversation in the show. Isn't that... unlawful?

If it's not, it should be. Though my kids would most likely end up behind bars...

As more and more reality tv shows are outed as being fake or scripted, has learned the Food Network's Mystery Diner is the latest series to make the list — using paid actors, re-staging scenes and scripting lines.

Not surprised. Oh well at least there's still the WWE.

Found this online

"Very often, the audio picked up by a video camera is covered by the same laws as wiretapping and eavesdropping. Those laws vary by state.

There is a general rule, however, that applies to the kind of conversations a business security camera or nanny-cam would pick up.

" Regardless of the state, it is almost always illegal to record a conversation to which you are not a party, do not have consent to tape, and could not naturally overhear. " This is pretty much the definition of " eavesdropping " and is according to: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press"

Due to the 'performance' nature of the show though, I would think that a royalty violation of the SAG-AFTRA guidelines for audio and sound recording is the most any of the 'parties' could reasonably claim. ;)