I've noticed in the first and second season of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice", there were some characters who I sort of felt might be paid by Trump to act outrageous and pull certain stunts in order to ensure entertainment and better ratings for the show.
It's easy to imagine that the reality show character could be paid to act a certain way and really sell their act, signing an NDA with no expiration in order to keep the show's credibility.
The problem I see with that idea however, is: The person, at any point in the future, might have much less to lose by revealing the secret than the show's producer would lose, perhaps demanding more and more money to maintain silence.
So I have a few legal questions about this particular example:
Is it legal to describe/present a show as a reality TV show, while hiring contestants secretly to put on an act?
How far can a company go to keep the agreeing contestant silent? Can they take extreme measures such as basically signing his life away, agreeing to pay more money than he possibly could or some other extreme punishment for breaking the agreement?
In other words, is it legal and is it feasible to pull off such an agreement in this particular situation, while being confident that the contestant won't be able to share the secret because of contractual penalties?