Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The "STORYLINE CHEAT SHEET" in Little People, Big World Roloff episode

Out of popular request, here is one of the things that have people talking about the April 26th Episodes of Little People, Big World.

Credit for this goes to the viewer and blogger Mert. They can't slip anything by eagle-eye LPBW viewers :)

It is fairly clear. It's on the desk in front of the bottle by the computer monitor.

The Roloffs have always maintained that the show is not scripted and that the show is very real.

What do you make of the "Storyline Cheat Sheet"? Unrelated? ;-) Scandulous? Not a big deal?







51 comments:

Brandon said...

Busted!!!!!!

Great job Mert!

Not surprising, but someone messed up in the editing department by letting that one slip.

circa said...

It just confirms what we already know, fake/staged drama

Shadow said...

Simply proof of what we all already knew, but amusing nonetheless. Great job, guys! Now alert TMZ and the other entertainment outlets to this for a royal good laugh...

Anonymous said...

BUSTED! Oh gosh ... I get suprised even dont know why lmao! and is that a pack of cigarettes??!! :O

Anonymous said...

It looks like it's enclosed in a see-through plasting sheeting. This is purely speculation but my guess is that it's posted somewhere where the family can see it to give them an idea of what to talk about that week. Very interesting! Thanks for posting that!

M said...

Guess they need alittle help with their lines. Hehe.
Staged drama officialy comfirmed. I'm not all that surprised but you'd think they would be smart and not leave it out for all the see. Lol

guess the editors are getting tired of watching the same fake drama too. Haha.

Anonymous said...

surely this is something from school that summarises a book or films story without you having to read it.. i think it is also called cliff notes?

M said...

Annonymous if Its a cliff note(which are usualy in a book form) why is it on Matts desk? Why isn't it with the kids or in amys office where they usualy do homework. Yes the kids could have left it there but... Amys deff glancing, reading and then talking. Just seems alittle sketchy to me.

Brandon said...

What's the saying? The most obvious answer is usually the right one. It's not a Cliff Note from a Shakespeare play ;)

Rap541 said...

Cliff Notes are yellow booklets. There is one competitor brand that are white booklets. A quick search on amazon does not reveal any brand going by "Storyline Cheat Sheets"

Sheri said...

How about this? No one here knows what it really means. Just drop it.

Mike said...

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned I seldom watch the show these days, instead preferring to get a synopsis from the two guest reviewers on this blog.(If it piques my interest, there's always reruns!) I did catch the two previous ones (the European trip)and except for the obvious "scripting" and most especially the "head of the line", I enjoyed them.

The "scripting" is becoming more and more common in these "reality" shows, don't you think? I was watching Celebrity Rehab the other day and I was thinking most of the drama was planned to happen. I think the same about most of the other shows I really used to enjoy; even Deadliest Catch lately seems to be following the same sad path.

What I really enjoy about the posts/reviews here are the comments; the drama reminds me of watching General Hospital with my ex. rofl I so love the back-and-forth, especially the people arguing about how immature someone is.

Ironic, that.

Rap541 said...

"How about this? No one here knows what it really means. Just drop it. "

Whats wrong with speculating about *what we see on the show* Sheri?

I mean, you're demanding it be dropped. Why? What's *your* opinion on it? Other than the obviuos "you should all drop it", I mean.

corsica said...

Rap, the "drop it" comment is used instead of, "nah, nah, I can't hear you," (with fingers inserted in the ears) once one has passed the age of 10.

Just another Roloff worshiper who can't see the forest for the trees.

Shadow said...

Ah, Rap, Sheri's just being her usual silly self. No one's paying any attention, except maybe to giggle a bit.

jayrees29 said...

That piece of paper could be about any number of different thing. Why must you assume it is a cheat sheet about possible story ideas for the show?

Kapper said...

Sounds like Sheri is a Roloff groupie...

Brandon said...

"Why must you assume it is a cheat sheet about possible story ideas for the show?"

...uh, because it says "STORYLINE CHEAT SHEET"...that kinda makes people think it might be a STORYLINE CHEAT SHEET.

Rap541 said...

Thanks Shadow, Corsica. I only ask because its actually a legit topic. We see it on the show. For all the suggestion that we're all slack jawed idiots who ain't got no learnin' on how the magic tv works, one would think that people exploring the difference between reality and reality tv would be welcome.

I mean, isn't there a large subset of fans who declare "you morons don't understand its all in the editing, stop thinking you're seeing reality" but when there's clear evidence of the *unreality* of the show, then bless us, shush you evil people, Matt says the show is *reality* and JUST DROP IT NOW."

Sheri said...

The subject should be dropped because it is pure speculation. The mere speculation is being used to sully the Roloffs, to call them liars.

Even making the leap in assumptions by speculating that it has anything to do with the show at all, there are logical explanations. Perhaps they were notes for Matt to mention during his interviews in the production barn? It's not dishonest for them to have certain subjects to discuss in those interviews. Things occur days, weeks, months before they might sit down to talk about them. A sheet reminding them to discuss this subject or that subject is not the same as the show being scripted. Or it could have been outline of future trips or activities they'll do for the show. There are many possibilities. They do not deserve to be called liars or for the show to be called a fake or scripted based on pure speculation.

Mike said...

Good Grief

I'd call the show "scripted" if only for the scene of Jacob running to meet Jeremy. On a lesser note, the German cafe scene and subsequent overnight stay wasn't a spur-of-the-moment deal, either. There's absolutely no speculation involved in seeing through the "spontaneity".

I could give a hundred more examples, but won't. (that would require me giving the show much more thought than it deserves) The first time I ever thought the show was starting to be fake was when Zach's buddies dropped the water balloon at the LP conference and broke the glass table (or whatever it was) That seemed planned out and from that moment on I started viewing the show with a skeptical eye.

I've defended the Roloffs in several other fan forums, stood up for Matt when people made fun of him saying he was a farmer, cut him slack when he got his DWI, excused Amy for her slovenly ways...even spoke up in defense when Jeremy made his racist comments, but there's no defending the obvious; namely that every situation and nearly every line of dialogue has been plotted in advance.

Come to think about it, the last unscripted moment must have been when Molly was stung by the wasp. Then again, maybe the producers planted it. ;)

Leviticus said...

Sounds like Sheri would be an excellent employee for the Vatican.

Rap541 said...

Sheri - so when Matt says the show is unscripted... and later reveals the family "reenacts" scenes the camera missed... Are we supposed to say "yes matt, you only speak truth" to*both* comments?

Similar to how Jeremy "is not lying" when he prodly declares how his love of God keeps him from drinking and then is filmed multiple times imbibing?

Sheri - I ask this in all seriousness. Do you understand that Christians lying to non Christians is still lying? And that when people say two things that are the complete opposite of the other, one can't be true?

Point - you seem to argue "everything we see is true reality" when it suits you... but when Jer-Bear snots off to Dad on camera ("Senior moment") there's always multiple excuses and of course yourpersonal insitance Jeremy later with tears in his eyes, got on his knees and begged his daddy's forgiveness. If you think speculating is lying... how *dare* you speculate at all? How dare you?

Anonymous said...

WELL. Some people need to realize that nothing needs to be dropped because this is a blog and you can comment on whatever the heck you want that relates to the Roloffs!

Anonymous said...

This is hilarious!

IMO there is nothing more scripted that going out for a bite to eat in a foreign country, meeting a waitress and she takes two guys home to spend the night. Oh, did I mention that her father happened to be the Mayor (or some big wig in town) and took the boys to a soccer game, having no idea that soccer is a passion of the Roloff boys. Please of course these shows are scripted.

Berk said...

You gotta love it when professionals screw up and millionaires are caught in lies.

Cliffs notes for some English class?? BAHAHWWHAHAHAHAWA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christine said...

I think it's obvious, but this settles it.

Someone posted about it on TLC's board and linked to this Spiritswander article.

TLC deleted the thread. They are starting a new one over there.

It's "About The Show". If it wasn't the obvious, a real story line cheat sheet that reveals script vs reality like they claim, why would they delete it?

Kinda like how TLC and the Roloffs first tried to delete everything about Jeremy's racist comments.

How they react to things reveals more than any words they could say.

Anonymous said...

The TLC board is how I found this site. What a wake-up call. It is sad that so many people think what they see is real. And don't want to be told otherwise. It took me a while to realize so much of what we see is staged.

Many posters said they were no longer going to watch because of the bickering between Amy and Matt.

Anonymous said...

matt is the most selfish husband.Those poor kids with a father like him who always has to be right at any cost.

Rainey said...

Of course, it is scripted. They all are. For example, right now I am sitting on my couch surfing the internet. My husband is sitting next to me staring at the boob tube. My kids are in the other rooms. Pretty boring stuff if someone was here filming. Who would watch it? No one. That is why these "spontaneous" moments are anthing but. Who would watch a bunch of strung out junkies nodding off at a kitchen table? No one. That is why all the drama is scripted. I love when the junkies are in the limo on their way to get high and, of course, the limo driver keeps driving and the cameras keep rolling. If they did not create drama no one would watch.

Anonymous said...

Matt, some overly curious people want to know about the Storyline Cheat Sheet on you desk in the last episode. Does that have to do with the show?

From Mr. Matt Roloff:
Yes-- Absolutely. Towards the end of every shooting season the producers give us a list of the episode/story lines they are zero'ing in on. Sometimes it's an informal phone call.... other times an email... and sometimes a laminated page... Depending on the complexities of the season. This is simply to remind us that if these particular subjects come up... Be sure to let the crews know. It doesn't tell us what to say but rather which topics in our lives they are focused on.. You must know we have a lot going on... so keeping track of all the interrelated activities takes some level of organization. It's not to prompt us in anyway during filming.. but rather a relatively stagnate list that we usually get only once... right before the season wraps up filming.

Brandon said...

Want to bet that the reason why it took a few days for Matt to answer was because he was consulting with TLC about how to answer since they got caught "red-handed"?

If it was real reality like the Roloffs claimed, they wouldn't need notes from the producers.

Ok, today we want Amy to walk into Matt's office and be upset about stepping down from the DAAA board. Ok guys, you ready now? Lets go on shoot that on Wednesday.

Sorry but that is NOT how the Roloffs say the show is like when they are on tv interviews being asked if the show is real.

David said...

"This is simply to remind us that if these particular subjects come up... Be sure to let the crews know."
==================

Oh please. Is anyone believing this?

Try to follow Matt here. They receive phone calls from the producers or emails or they give them lamented cards, all for the purpose of telling them what subjects they *hope* the Roloffs talk about.

They aren't telling them to talk about those subjects (aka. storylines) they are only *hoping* and praying that the Roloffs will talk about those things.

Anyone actually believe that? All of their livelihoods depend on this show and they are going to leave it up to *hoping* the Roloffs talk about the subjects that the producers choose.....

Dana said...

Anonymous@9:28, thank you. That is a perfectly reasonable explaination. The show is NOT scripted or staged.

Rap541 said...

David - as I said to someone else recently - I think the truth is somewhere inbetween "its all real" and "its all fake." I do think we get some geniune moments. But there are also some obviously staged moments.

Matt's comments are interesting. For example:
"This is simply to remind us that if these particular subjects come up... Be sure to let the crews know."

Because stopping what you are doing, locating a camera man, and then continuing the debate about whether or not Amy wanted a mercedes is perfectly natural. He's suggesting that they stage scenes for the cameras - be sure the crew is there, after all, to catch the storyline the crew wants.

"It's not to prompt us in anyway during filming.."

Although if something on the list comes up, stop, and get the crew there....

"but rather a relatively stagnate list that we usually get only once... right before the season wraps up filming. "

And this is a bold face lie. The scene where the cheat sheet is shown is clearly in June. Before the Euro trip, and before the World Dwarf games. This scene from a chronilogical standpoint was filmed early in the second half of the season. Remember, they didn't go to Europe, and then come back and then go to Ireland. All the DAAA/locker room drama occured before the three week vacay, the Dwarf Games.... this laminated cheat sheet clearly wasn't handed out just before filming ended, they got it right when filming started.

William said...

Dana, can you (and the Roloffs) please start giving people some credit. We aren't idiots.

The show is staged. They are hanging on the words "scripted".

Staging is telling them what subjects to discuss. That is what the Storyline Cheat Sheet revealed. Staging is magically having a not so random waitress in Germany, who happens to be the Mayor's daughter invite the twins and a camera crew back to their house and plan a day of activities, while pretending like it wasn't set up in advance.

It is believeable that the Roloffs don't have exact lines to say word for word when they are prompted by these phone calls, emails and cheat sheets, however, it is still staging. They are given cards with a list of things to discuss! How is there any getting around that? That's not being real.

In addition, with the recorded interviews in the studio it is very obvious that they're reading a script. Jeremy's is the best example. His sentences and way of speaking is nothing like the way he speaks in the live portion of filming.

Now that they got caught, the Roloffs are trying to cling to the excuse that after they are signaled to discuss story lines, they don't have a script. That is still staging. It is not the premise of the show that they promote which is supposed to be real life without the influence of the tv show.

Em said...

"And this is a bold face lie. The scene where the cheat sheet is shown is clearly in June."

Good catch, Rap! :)

Brandon said...

"this laminated cheat sheet clearly wasn't handed out just before filming ended, they got it right when filming started."

Bad Rap. Just stop it!!!! Matt said this for his boardies. Matt Roloff boardies don't think that deeply about things. If Matt says it, then it is true. They don't think intelligently about it to figure out if what he says is even possible.

Erica said...

How can you be given a list of subjects to talk about from the producers and say that it's still reality? I don't understand. If they are given a list of things to talk about that is not real.

I agree with the earlier suggestions. Either end the show or be real. Talk about teen drinking and having a friend that is dead and teen dating and Jeremy being in the National Enquirer. The things that the Roloffs really go through.

These cards to tell/remind them what to talk about is too much.

Rap541 said...

Thanks em! And Brandon, I know! I'm so bad. :)

More seriously - its the extra little details that hang this explanation. He didn't have to go there at all...

William - you make a good point. Staging a scene is not real, and making sure to hit on the storylines is basically filming an improv scene.

Why wasn't the reality of the National Enquierer article filmed? Why aren't we seeing a "very special episode" about the childhood friend nd admitted drug user who died under odd circumstances?

Too real, I suspect.

Mike said...

So what is Matt arguing? That the show isn't scripted/staged/storyboarded? Or is he just differing over semantics?

From Dictionary.com:

"scripting" - to plan or devise; make arrangements for:

The week-long festivities were scripted by a team of experts.

In a recent interview, Amy Roloff had this to say:

"Little People, Big World" is "very real," Roloff said. "There's not much scripted. We don't act. ... Sometimes I look at the camera, and think, what did I just do and say?"

Like I said, semantics. "There's not MUCH scripted." My emphasis, her words.

Reminds me of that old joke "Would you sleep with me for ten bucks?" "Of course not!" "Well, how about for a million?" "Well, sure."

And like the punchline goes, now that we've established what you are, it's come down to the money.

The other day I saw a term that best describes LPBW and others like it: forced reality television. That would describe both LPBW and pro wrestling; the outcomes are determined in advance and the drama is manufactured. Reckon there's any connection between the Roloff's divorce talk and the huge ratings John & Kate Plus 8 (= Hate) got during all that recent controversy?

On an unrelated note, this blog got a mention here. You probably saw that, Spirit...er... "Spitwadder". (sorry, just kidding. I thought that very funny when I saw it. Spit wads stick what they hit, huh? -grin- As I've said before, love the blog, prefer it to the show)

When I first got on Blogger, I bemoaned the fact that the html tags are limited in replies. Well, after looking through MR's forum, I've changed my mind. Thank goodness there's no way for people to post inane graphics such as kitty or Family Guy animations. Some people are impressed by shiny objects, not me. Of course, it's easier to load up a post with silly anis than it is to make a cogent reply.

Again, love the blog, just wish the Roloff sycophants hadn't found it.

Anonymous said...

Surprised? Not really. I stopped watching the show awhile back, because I just got bored with it. The fact that I was pretty sure it was scripted wasn't a deciding factor of my deciding to stop watching. These reality shows are scripted, and they are scripted to entertain us.

Is that a pack of cigs? Don't Amy and Mat know that cigarettes can stunt your growth?

Anonymous said...

Did anyone see the past Monday's episode? (May 3) Matt is beyond egotistical and unhelpful. I don't know why Amy stays with him. Most posters on the TLC/Discovery board agreed that Matt is selfish and out of control. Staged or not, I don't understand why he would want the public to see his actions. I'd like to know if the viewership has been reduced.

Anonymous said...

I watch Little People and lately all Amy and Matt due is argue. Has anyone noticed that? Its like Amy cant stand Matt and all the money he spends and projects he does. Maybe they are heading for divorce. Now that cant be scripted!!

Stacie said...

I just want to say that Amy deserves more in a relationship then she has with Matt. She is a very loving and smart woman. I know she wants to make her marriage work, but she is on another level then Matt. Amy u deserve someone who will put u first in life and love. Good Luck

Kapper said...

Is it just me, or do people not see how Amy treats Matt ALL the time, not just NOW. He's been annoyed with her husband since day one. Constant eye-rolling and flippant remarks. I believe it was Mother's Day, and Matt surprised Amy with a remodeled bathroom. All she did was pick it apart. She was lukewarm on the kitchen re-do. I agree that Matt is overbearing and annoying but Amy is no walk in the park either. I can't respect a parent who berates their partner to their children. And Amy's done plenty of that. If Matt is being particularly nasty to her now, it's with good reason

Rap541 said...

Kapper - I agree that its been constant since the show started but I think their entire dynamic has been constant.

Amy didn't want to do the show. Matt forced the point and then once he got his way, rolls out the "treats". I remember one of the earliest episodes where Matt was running around preparing for a corporate party and Amy was clearly unhappy because the farm was her home and she didn't like it being rented out, and Matt badmouths her to the camera and tries to get Molly to do the same since his vision is all that matters.

Believe me - I think the problem is on both sides, because Amy is an enabler, but most of Matt's "I want to do something for Amy!" is playing to the cameras.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if Matt had let Amy have some say in the bathroom remodel, or anything else, she would have been more pleased. MATT decides what Amy should want--another car was his idea. She didn't want/need one. The remodel of the house took a long time and she suffered through that.

I agree that she is an enabler. Instead of standing up to him and demanding a partnership, she makes remarks and complains. No communication. That is not an orginal idea, but it is valid anyway.

Kapper said...

I stand corrected - I had no idea Amy resisted doing LPBW. And I know firsthand how it is to be married to someone who wears you down. Sorry to Amy!

OKCV37 said...

BTW that is not a pack of cigarettes on the desk, that is a box containing an albuterol inhaler.

Melissa said...

They sure look like cigarettes.

Anyway, both Matt and Jeremy smoke.