CW says Top Model 7 is “on track” for its debut even as writers continue to strike

The Top Model 7 writers’ strike is ongoing, and today, those striking are asking show fans to come out and protest with them.

It’s “Fan Appreciation Day,” and former cast members Lisa D’Amato, Giselle Samson, and Ebony Taylor will all be at the strike to give you “make-up tips and advice from the pros on how to maximize your model potential.” The union is also asking fans who support the efforts to e.mail Tyra Banks and the network’s president. Tyra’s spokesperson had no comment for the AP about the strike.

The AP also talks to Sara Sluke, one of the protesting writers, who says that, despite the label “writer,” they are not constructing stories from nothing. “There seems to be this idea that we feed lines to the girls and that we really do manipulate the actual shooting. That is not true at all. … We look at primary characters, maybe look at who is being eliminated that week, and craft an arc so that their elimination is either something the viewers are sad about or happy about.”

Despite the fact that the story producers and writers haven’t been working for two weeks, The CW said in a statement that they “expect these issues to be resolved in the near future, and the show remains on track for its Sept. 20 launch on the CW.”

Meet Top Models at Fan Appreciation Day [Reality United]
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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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