My own opinion is that "reality tv" is a misnomer and I would feel better if I had a more accurate term. I'm unable personally to come up with anything better than pseudo-reality tv. Has anyone come across a good term for it? It should be self-explanatory. I don't want to have to explain the term or get into a discussion whenever I use it with a new person.
The expression is very popular and generally understood to refer the kind of TV programmes explained below. The expression is present also in dictionaries. Probably a similar expression would not be more helpful.
Note that one of the meanings of reality is:
resemblance to what is real.
Reality TV: noun [ U ] UK
- television programmes about ordinary people who are filmed in real situations, rather than actors
- a genre of television programming in which "real life" people are followed in a situation, game, etc.; also called reality TV, reality programming.