When you see commentaries from castmembers on reality shows, are those interviews done during taping of the show or after, when everything is over?
When Sean rhapsodized on The Bachelorette about how much he loves his mama—he talks to her three or four times a day, boy howdy!—that was probably a prescheduled chat. It most likely happened sometime during the production season, but not necessarily on the same day that Sean was filmed hugging his weeping meemaw.
You can often spot a prescheduled interview by its stiffness. "It can often can seem more staged and scripted," reality-TV producer Tommy Swanhaus tells me. So here's how it all works behind-the-scenes at reality shows...