Turns out that even docu-series aren't safe from production interference and fake reality.
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's docu-series slash reality show battled comments about the realness of True Tori every week.
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Jezebel’s Tracie Egan Morrissey did a little investigation work and documented what she found in “Tori Spelling's Reality Show Ends With Producers Fabricating Tweets."
As the plot thickened and the dun-dun-dun of 'will he leave her to go back to Toronto to work' (the scene of the affair with Emily Goodhand) concluded, viewers wondered if the show was real or fake.
And faking the tweets asked by the audience? Doesn't lend a lot of credence to the project.
Viewers asked questions through Twitter so that Entertainment Tonight correspondent Brooke Anderson could learn the truth.
Nothing could go wrong there, right? Wrong.
Turns out that questions weren't necessarily asked by real users.
Jezabel's Morrissey notes that user @2RedSoxGirl16 isn't real. However, take out the 2 and RedSoxGirl16 is real. With a single tweet asking the couple, "Do you think @torianddean is still controlling?! #AskToriAndDean." Hmm, a little suspicious.
Of the 20 people RedSoxGirl16 follows, @2RySommer is the very important. The handle supposedly belongs to Elaine Rona but seems very similar to @RySommer. However, @RySommer is Ryan Sommer, a veteran in reality television whose been constantly tweeting about True Tori for the past month. And Elaine Rona is definitely not Ryan Sommer, even if they share the same handle. Save for that pesky rogue 2.
So what's the truth?
The next question came from @NicoleyBlais, which is a real account, but follows the RedSox formula of tweeting just to Tori and Dean. Last one to get a question in is @Lisav1234, who never tweeted the couple and hasn't been active in. The account also belongs to Lisa Varga, not the listed Lisa Valentine on the television show.
Questions first appeared among fans when the finale on Tuesday night was labeled 'a reunion' since he had been living in the house for almost the entire series. Wasn’t that the whole point? Watching them try and save their marriage?
Amping up the drama, Anderson announced at the beginning of the show Tori would be asking Dean if there were other affairs. As the carrot to dangle for the audience for an hour, it was a pretty good one. However, the actress backed out at the last minute claiming that it wouldn't be fair to Dean as the two women chatted in the living room. Not the first time in the series, but the last for now.
It's not that hard to create sockpuppet accounts. Anyone who creates an account to vote twice in an online poll knows how easy the task really is.
But if you're looking to seem credible, perhaps a better approach is to actually invest in the action.