In The Hunt, 12
tributesteams of two are dropped into the wilderness without food, water or shelter. They must compete in a game where they’ll rely on their physicality, survival skills and hunting skills to endure the harsh conditions and killcapture one another. Also, the winner gets food for lifecash.
What’s the show’s tagline, “May the odds be favorable to you, the players of this completely original game”?
This is… The Choice?
Fox will soon debut a celebrity dating show that’s basically The Voice for people without talent. Contestants will “audition” to get dates with celebrities like Carmen Electra, Rob Kardashian, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. The twist: The stars will have their backs turned away from the stage, so they won’t be able to see their potential date until they decide to go out with him or her.
Yes, this is a real thing. More info — plus a longer list of the personalities who will appear on the show — here.
Only a month after opening, Soul Daddy, the winning concept from NBC reality show America’s Next Great Restaurant, has shut its South Street Seaport doors.
Owner/Winner Jamawn Woods released this statement:
The realities of running a restaurant are very difficult, more so with multiple locations in multiple cities. After a careful review of the business model and the performance of the restaurants, we have decided that our best opportunity for Soul Daddy’s success is a more focused operation. We have decided to close our restaurant the South Street Seaport in New York, effective today. While it has certainly been a difficult decision, we believe this is the best approach as we work towards ongoing success for Soul Daddy.
Just how much did Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Steve Ellis, and Lorena Garcia invest? The Los Angeles location remains open.
While I’m sure most of you could have answered…
[Reality shows] depict ordinary people competing in everything from singing and dancing to losing weight, or just living their everyday lives. … Most people believe that the reality these shows portray is authentic, but they are being misled. How authentic can these shows be when producers design challenges for the participants and then editors alter filmed scenes?
Apparently not every high school junior watches TV. Apparently. One test taker tells College Confidential…
“I ended up talking about [19th-century social reformer] Jacob Riis and how any form of media cannot capture reality objectively. I kinda want to cry right now.”
Please cry over your astute academic observation. The Onion couldn’t have written this story better.
Good news everyone! Scripted, high budget programming isn’t dead!
Wible argued that the increase in new show pick-ups bodes well for big content producers.
NBC added 13 new shows, followed by ABC with 10, Fox with 7 and CBS with 6. Only two of the 38 new shows are unscripted, while about 40% rely on outside production.
“These new series show a promising trend for content producers - a shift back to higher-cost scripted programming and a large number of shows produced outside the network,” Wible argued.
He cited NBC’s reinvestment in programming, early benefits from retransmission fees, affiliate fee negotiations and the economic rebound as likely drivers of the increased demand for new shows. (via THR)
Only TWO reality shows?! Viva la fiction! While I’m sure we’re not out of the reality woods yet, the golden days of Survivor and all the influences it spawned may truly be behind us. Reality TV, competitions, game shows, and docu-series aren’t going to ever completely go away (nor should they), but on the broadcast networks, at least in the fall, things are shifting.
Fuck. It was only a matter of time. Wipeout airs on ABC, the contestant was 33 and suffered from a stroke during the competition.
Further proof that shit like this is bad. I’m just surprised this didn’t happen sooner.