With the sixth and final episode of Mac Miller & The Most Dope Family, Mac and his crew headed out to Las Vegas to party it up for his 21st birthday. It looks like a lot of fun, but trust, there is a certain unreality to all reality television.
It doesn't look like it, but shooting a reality show is hard work. During the interviews for Mac's Man of Next Year cover story, Mac, Quentin, and Jimmy all admitted that waking up to cameras is not fun.
Q claimed that the show would be a reflection of how fun Mac is and how hard he works—which is true for the most part. But the thing is, Mac loves working on music. Even the MTV producers said Mac wants to do nothing more than be in the studio.
It looks like a lot of fun but trust, there is a certain unreality to all reality television.
That makes for boring television because the creative process behind entertainment isn’t entertaining. Thus, the reality show (like every reality show) establishes a strain of unreality.
In a twisted way, fictional television shows like The Wire—which pride themselves on realism—come much closer to being real than “reality television.” In a reality show, events occur, and are presented to the audience as “reality.” Even if they're not scripted, they aren’t exactly real.
Episodes like ones where Mac goes fishing are true in that Mac went fishing and his reactions are unscripted, but it’s not like going fishing is something Mac planned on doing. MTV pitched the idea of going fishing, his crew agreed, and they went fishing. Contrived plots are just apart of the game.
Still, there’s nothing more annoying than re-shooting scenes of things that already occurred. “It’s like you finish having sex,” joked Mac, to the MTV crew. “And the girl is like, ‘Can you do it again, but slower?’
We're sure Mac was going to have a ball in Vegas no matter what. But we hope he didn't have to do it a second time, just for the cameras.