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
Our top moments of the week:
12. Coming and Going Award: Rizzoli & Isles is back, and so is Casey! Jane is stunned when she finds her no-longer-paralyzed ex waiting at her doorstep. His spinal surgery was a success, but a romantic reunion is not in the cards just yet. After spending the night together, he tells her that he's returning to Afghanistan to train in virtual therapy for combat soldiers. "When I get back, I think it's time you and I give it a shot," he says.
11. Best Reveal, Part I: On Mistresses, Miranda, April's late husband's mistress, demands...read more
Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope over the Grand Canyon on Sunday night in a live broadcast on Discovery Channel.
The 34-year-old, who walked 1,400 feet in just under 23 minutes with a 43-pound balancing pole but no tether or safety net, was the first person to ever cross the canyon.
"It took every bit of me to stay focused that entire time," Wallenda said after he reached the other side. "My arms are aching like you wouldn't believe."read more