Cry Wolfe, a reenacted detective reality show from Investigation Discovery, is currently in its third season. This show takes private investigator Brian Wolfe and relives some of his past cases, with the help of actors. Wolfe is not a stranger to television, but this show marks the first dedicated exclusively to him.
While the show doesn’t show actual footage of his detective work, the premise keeps with Wolfe as he investigates issues like cheaters, stalkers, and more in order to help his clients. For example, one season 3 episode has Wolfe hired to investigate a woman’s accidental death by her husband, only for him to discover various details as the mystery seems to grow. Between this type of format and Wolfe’s thick Boston brogue, the show occasionally gives off the feel of a cop procedural show—despite being a reality show. However, this sense of drama provides a sense of appeal to its viewers.
#CW may be entertaining television, but critics have not been nearly as receptive during the show’s three-season run. Perhaps the biggest criticism is its attempts to pass off the investigations as “real.” While there is a disclaimer that the scenes on the show are being reenacted by actors, critics say that many other aspects of the show, from a fake camera crew following Wolfe to a hand-held camera view that is sometimes used, scream reality, even though it is staged. While this isn’t technically deception, the combination of a true-crime show and scripted cop show do not necessarily strike a chord with critics. The show currently has a low 3.7 rating on IMDB.
#CW may not necessarily be a critical success, but it has managed to last three seasons so far without changes in its formula. As a result, the audience is there, and its chances at a fourth season are relatively solid. Reality shows where drama sometimes overtakes a need for reality are not necessarily that uncommon, for example, some of the over-the-top situations on TruTV have become viral successes, even though many are quick to point out that they might not be true.
It may not be entirely clear whether or not viewers are drawn to #CryWolfe to watch with a wink and a nudge or whether or not they are truly drawn into the stories they see, but the combination of Wolfe’s old-school, gritty detective work and dramatic stories look to be a recipe for success. In addition, the fact of the matter is that many audiences have come to expect a bit of staging in reality TV. Many are willing to go along for the ride as long as the result is entertaining, and #CryWolfe appears to deliver in that regard. What do you
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