Despite the phenomenal success of Survivor, veteran producer Aaron Spelling says he wants no part of the reality-TV game.
"I would never do a reality show," insists Spelling, whose latest prime-time soap, Titans, airs Wednesdays (8-9 pm/ET) on NBC beginning this fall. "The day will come when I'll probably be asked to do a reality show in a house of prostitution, but I am not going to do it."
Spelling ? the man behind Dynasty, The Love Boat and Beverly Hills, 90210 ? says he fears TV's current fascination with reality shows could land half of Hollywood on the unemployment line. "I just hope we suddenly don't find ourselves dealing with three comedies, four dramas and the rest are reality shows," he sighs. "I think that would be total disaster."
Viewers, Spelling adds, would be the big losers in a TV landscape dominated by the likes of Big Brother and NBC's upcoming Dating Game update, Chains of Love. "I don't know that you get that relaxation from shows like Cops or all these reality shows."
Titans matriarch Victoria Principal believes the true test for reality TV could come this fall. "Why don't we wait and see when the new season begins, after the Olympics, [and see] how many reality shows survive and how much the public turns once again to entertainment by actors."