Question: I don't think I'm going out on a limb in guessing that you weren't a big fan of ABC's The One. I wasn't that impressed with any of the contestants, and it's not like there aren't 300 other talent competitions on TV right now, but I must say that I was a little sad the show didn't hit. From what I read, it's the American version of the Star Academy format that has done fairly well in Europe and elsewhere. I figure a lot of it has to do with our summer oversaturation, but why do you think shows like this do well overseas and then don't make it here?
Answer: Some do, some don't. The problem this summer, as you said, is oversaturation. I didn't even get to see The One, because it premiered while I was away at press tour and was canceled before I got home (and I'm not so diligent as to waste time screening DOA shows). ABC in particular has had a tough time landing a viable reality contender this season, and while a lot of it may be the show choice (One Ocean View sounds like it