thom beers Had enough reality TV? Insiders say make room for moreHad enough “Jersey Shore,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Real Housewives?”

Well, you’d better make room for more.

The Dish Rag quizzed some of the titans of cable
TV’s reality shows for their take on the continuing growth of reality shows.

Kevin Beggs, Hollywood Radio and Television society president  and Lionsgate pres of TV, admitted: “The non-scripted shows  on cable are not not as sexy as the
network shows, but they pay the bills.  Look, “Jersey Shore” is a
cultural touchstone. It’s transforming America. Is there anything else
to say?”

]]> Chris Harrison, the host of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” told us: “It never ceases to amaze me that  every season something happens that we’ve never faced before.  It speaks to the concept and why it’s so genius is that when you plug people in, it happens.  Believe us, we had nothing to do with it.  Reality TV is definitely not the bastard step child that we were 7 or 8 years ago.  We were kind of the mistress that everyone loved sleeping with but no one wanted to talk about at parties.  Now we’re invited to the party.” Here’s what some other reality honchos had to say. Craig  Piligian (“American Chopper,” “Dirty Jobs,”  “Ghost Hunters”): “I don’t think reality television is taking over TV, I think it’s an integral part of it.  You have dramas, your comedies and now you have reality television. The most fun part or reality TV are the characters.  These are real people, in real situations doing real things and the great part is that  they can entertain us.  And that doesn’t happen too often.  There’s more reality TV on television than any drama or comedy today.  It’s indisputable, reality TV had taken over television.  Reality TV is here. It’s staying, it ain’t going anywhere and if anything it’s going to get bigger and bigger.” Thom  Beers (“Deadliest Catch,”  “Ice Road Truckers,”  “Monster Garage”): “If you ask me I think reality world is television. Is there anything else?  The reality world has absolutely taken over.  The nice part of it that the genres are so diverse and unique and there There are so many skilled people out there making great TV.  I’m thrilled to be a part of it.  I’m a blue collar guy, I can’t fake it.  I know about machines, motors, and guys doing real work for an honest living.”

Sally Ann Salsano (“Design Star,”  “Dance Your Ass Off,”  “Jersey Shore”):  “I started in daytime talk and I remember people saying when I went into reality, ‘You sure you want to do that?  What are you going to do when it runs out?’  It’s not going anywhere at all. There are real people with a real story to tell and a point of view. That’s what people want to see.  Everyone is looking for who can they relate too and who’s the lovable character? I feel that if one person comes home and had a crappy day and they turn on my  show and they let go of life for 30 minutes or an hour and just enjoy, then I’ve done my job.” Follow Zap2it and Elizadish on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news Photo credit: Getty Images

Reporting: Leah Sydney

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead