“reality may not always be as profitable for the TV networks.”

“reality may not always be as profitable for the TV networks.”
As reality TV’s recent ratings and cultural success has become apparent, “Madison Avenue has been taking the format more seriously,” MSNBC reports. However, “reality may not always be as profitable for the TV networks as the ratings imply,” in part because “an unproven reality show doesn’t command the same ad rates as a new drama or comedy.” Plus, advertisers have questions about the ability of networks to sustain current show formats, retain audiences once the show goes off the air, and come up with new show ideas that are appealing to advertisers.
+ also: in the UK, reality TV “has had an invigorating effect on every kind of television.”

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John Rocker

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Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.