Okay, so INQUIRY:
Do those programs like Ax Men, Ice Road Truckers, Swamp Loggers, Deadliest Catch, Bering Sea Gold, &c qualify as "Reality TV"??
To me, they are a different brand of "reality"... probably most differentiated by the channels on which they are aired, such as Discovery, Learning Channel, &c., not sure.
When I had cable for a year, I religiously watched Deadliest Catch, frequently watched Ax Men, watched Swamp Loggers on DVR (I hated that father/son team, what is it, S&S Logging?? because the dad is such an abusive jackhole and he made me violently angry, and typically FFwd'd through those segments), and caught Ice Road Truckers as often as I could (mostly because I've dealt with heavy haul for my entire career). Bering Sea Gold wasn't on at the time so far as I know.
I think of true "Reality TV" as all the dummass Khardashian shows, Jersey Shore, and crappola like that.
What say you all?