despite ratings success, WB exec calls reality TV “spacer programming.”

despite ratings success, WB exec calls reality TV “spacer programming.”
Last summer, The Surreal Life gave the WB record numbers, as it “reached several rating highs among young viewers, surpassing all the comedies and dramas the network had tried there,” the New York Times reports. Yet WB chair Garth Ancier says his network will be “primarily a scripted network,” while WB chief exec Jordan Levin says reality TV is “spacer programming.” Still, a second High School Reunion will air this spring, and of course The Surreal Life 2 is currently airing. Plus, just to keep us guessing, “Mr. Levin said several other reality shows were in the works,” the Times reports.

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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.