It's time for a reality-TV reality check. Even top executives and producers admit that the genre has become tired — an overload of singing battles, food challenges, screaming housewives and dating competitions. "We've been in a huge reality drought," says Greg Goldman, the new president of Studio Lambert USA, which produces Undercover Boss.
The broadcast networks continue to coast on the enduring success of veteran franchises like Survivor, but they're not minting many new hits. In cable, the success of docuseries like the Real Housewives franchise and Love & Hip Hop has led to a glut of such shows.
But a shake-up may finally be on the way. CBS recently named a new head of reality TV, Chris Castallo, while Fox is looking to fill the top job in its alternative department (which infamous reality kingpin Mike Darnell vacated at the end of July). There's also a new head of unscripted TV at AMC, while TruTV and A&E, both big reality networks, have new bosses.read more
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Dr. Nicki urges both Coreys to meet one final time so they can have real closure. She confronts Haim on his sobriety and Haim once again flees. In a drugged daze, Haim finally cops to having a problem and agrees to throw away all of his pills. The next morning there is a glimmer of hope as Haim lands a role in an upcoming movie. Haim decides he would like real closure and calls Feldman, but Feldman only reiterates his stand about Haim's sobriety. Haim lets Feldman know where he will be the next day in case he wants to meet. Hoping to end the long history of the two Coreys on a high note, a dazed Haim heads to the meeting place above Hollywood waiting for his old best friend, but there is no sign of Feldman. watch
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Corey Feldman vows that until Corey Haim gets clean, he and Susie want nothing to do with him. Haim's assistant Nelle confronts him on his drug use. Haim's mom arrives and she and Dr. Nicki discuss Haim's problems w/ prescription pills. Feldman does a photo shoot and his image issues prompt him to get liposuction. He divulges that his insecurities mainly stem from his mother's abusive behavior and the nature of the business that he was in at such an early age. Haim spirals even further as Nelle fears for his career and Dr. Nicki fears for his life. watch