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.
John Rich and Wendy Williams
TVGN is expanding their original programming with new unscripted shows debuting this fall that feature a mother-daughter duo managing kids in show business, a tequila entrepreneur and his four daughters, Wendy Williams and John Rich.
Mother of All Talent is an eight-episode docu-series that follows mother-daughter duo Nikki and Lorri, who have built one of the nation's leading talent agencies for kids in Staten Island, N.Y. Mother Nikki can be blunt and overbearing, while daughter Lorri always makes things right for the clients. And then there are the stage parents! Seth Jarrett (Boston's Finest) and Julie Insogna-Jarrett are executive producers...
Diana Rigg in Dr. Who (l), Game of Thrones(r)
"You're just not for everybody," comedic curmudgeon Marc Maron is told — by the more popular TV clown (at least among a comic-store backroom of Twitter nerds) Dave Foley, who plays a rather unflattering version of his real self, as does Maron, in IFC's new dark-side-of-laughter comedy series Maron (Friday, 10/9c). Sunnier than FX's Louie if only by virtue of being filmed in California, the sardonically squirm-inducing Maron alternates between slice-of-rant sitcom and self-obsessed podcast from the comedian's garage, where he vents on his unhappy personal life, his diarrhea-prone cats and his unruly, taunting Twitter following: "Who are these people? Don't they have lives?" You might well ask the same about Maron, although if he was happy (shades of Louie) there'd be no show.
Jennifer Lawrence, Bill Clinton
American Horror Story: Asylum, The New Normal and Raising Hope were among the winners at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Saturday in Los Angeles.
Jonny Lee Miller
CBS has renewed a whopping 14 of its shows for the 2013-2014 season, the network announced on Wednesday.
In addition to the previously renewed NCIS and CSI, the network will bring back dramas NCIS: LA, Elementary, Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife .
Cote De Pablo and Pauley Perrette
CBS has set finale dates for its primetime shows, including The Good Wife, NCIS, Two and a Half Men and CSI.
With back-to-back Sundays devoted to the Super Bowl and the Grammys, CBS has enjoyed a spectacular February so far. This Sunday, the only week in February with no major TV event — next Sunday belongs to ABC and the Oscars — the network's ratings will no doubt come back down to earth. But two of CBS' Emmy-winning crown jewels take center stage, and in one case shouldn't be missed.
Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler
The New Normal and Go On joined old favorites like Modern Family and Glee in receiving nominations for GLAAD's annual Media Awards, which honor television shows, movies, music, news and other forms of entertainment for positively representing the LGBT community.
CBS has announced the midseason premiere dates for returning comedy Rules of Engagement as well as freshman drama Golden Boy.
Golden Boy, which stars Theo James as a gifted cop who rises through the ranks to become the youngest police commissioner in New York City, will air a special preview on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10/9c following the NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.
The Great Escape
TNT has decided not to move forward with a second season of The Great Escape, TV Guide Magazine has learned. The series was TNT's first foray into reality competition, and kicked off a commitment by the cable network to get into unscripted programming in a big way.