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.
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Fox has picked up another culinary competition from Gordon Ramsay, the network announced Friday. In addition, Fox has renewed Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen for another season and ordered two more seasons of Masterchef.
NBC topped Tuesday with The Voice and a steady Grimm.
The Voice drew 11.1 million viewers and a 3.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down three-tenths ...
Things were definitely not grim for Grimm in its Tuesday debut.
The supernatural drama drew 6 million viewers and a 2.0 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, up 54 percent from Friday's episode and a full point ...