clones cause Trading Spaces ratings to fall, so TLC plans to “reinvent the show.”


href=”http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/variety/20040629/va_tv_ne/_spaces__slump_pushes_tlc_to_makeover_2″>clones cause Trading Spaces ratings to fall, so TLC plans to “reinvent the show.”

A new season of Trading Spaces will begin production in August, and a TLC exec says they plan to “evolve the format so that the show will be a lot less predictable than it is now.” Roger Marmont says, “We’ve got to reinvent the show, and clearly we should’ve done it a little bit sooner.” He won’t give specifics.

Why change? Because ratings for the show “have plunged by an average of 50% during the just-completed second quarter in a dizzying decline for a series that was a runaway hit for the cabler in 2002 and 2003,” Variety reports. In addition to copycat shows on other networks, TLC aired 60 percent more episodes (250) this past quarter.

+ also: all about Paige’s “dyssey to stardom.”
+ and: Fleshbot has links to the controversial Star Magazine’s photos of Paige.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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