Why do TV cooks dump seasonings in a pile?

TV cooks on, for example, America's Test Kitchen will add salt, cumin, pepper, paprika, etc. to the pot by just dumping the whole measure in a pile in the middle of the pot. Then, without stirring, they often just slap the lid on and "simmer for about an hour" or whatever.

I tend to sprinkle seasonings and spices around the pot rather than just dump them in a pile. If I dumped, I sure as heck would stir before I put the lid on to simmer.

Does anyone really cook like that? Is there some TV production reason they so often just dump it and ignore it?

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