Why did reality TV cannibalize so much airtime? The Writers Guild of America strike in 2007–2008 played a role. There were no new episodes being written, and something had to air. It was also cheaper to find an…Reality TV Mattered, and We Should Have Realized It5.1K28Kitanya HarrisonbotnotbotFollowSep 23, 2018 · 1 min readThat strike was specifically centered around writing credits for writers on reality TV shows. So another answer is that the writers don’t get paid the same rate and are denied normal writer concessions previously established by the guild.