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Oct 6, 2016 ... As new shows fail to succeed, fear is driving down the number of hours of reality television this fall on broadcast networks.


Mar 19, 2013 ... More than a decade after Survivor altered the TV landscape forever, reality TV continues to be a potent weapon for broadcasters: Last week, the top-rated shows on ABC, Fox, ... But these days, network reality shows seem to have the same success/failure ratio as scripted series: Most fail, few break out big.


Jan 24, 2017 ... But according to a new survey of the top reality producers in the U.S., conducted by Variety and PactUS (an association of independent TV producers), that's ... One reality producer was even blunter: “It seems as if the networks are trying to kill the possibility of any independent company having any sort of ...


Jun 3, 2012 ... Not until the summer of 2000 would CBS ignite the reality era on network TV with "Survivor" and "Big Brother," both of which were inspired not by "The Real World" but by post-Real World shows from Sweden and the Netherlands. (It should be pointed out that many of the elements of "The Real World" had ...


Apr 11, 2016 ... “This really has less to do with shying away from reality TV than the benefits associated with scripted hits,” he explained. “As we've seen, channels like AMC and FX have used scripted programs to brand themselves in very beneficial ways . Others have sought to get in on that, from History to Discovery.


Oct 29, 2014 ... What viewers will or won't watch matters immensely to networks; in fact, they seem function as the networks' sole “conscience.” There is, of course, content that producers will not air, though "that varies from production company to company," a reality-television producer who asked not to be named said in ...


Mar 31, 2015 ... 13 New TLC Reality Shows Ranked, Because This Network Never Fails To Entertain ... As if I don't already watch enough reality TV, TLC is going to be debuting a crop of new shows this season. ... TLC is attempting to do this with its gaggle of new shows airing in the 2015-2016 television season.


There is a persistent dream that television will be more than it is: that it will not only sit in every home, but make a conduit for those homes to reach back to a shared fund of life. The utopia of television nearly came within reach in 1992, on the day cable providers announced that cable boxes would expand to 500 channels.


Perhaps the most popular reality television show yet has been CBS's “Survivor,” which marooned participants on a desert island and promised the last person left $1 million. Over 15 million people watched the first “Survivor” that figure rose to 18 million the second week. Currently, networks are trying to get their hands on ...