ABC’s Andrea Wong, who’s in charge of reality shows and specials for the network, says there just aren’t many good ideas for reality shows now.
Broadcasting & Cable reports that, speaking on an NATPE panel, Wong said, “We’re not hearing great ideas and I just think there’s a lack of great idea circulation right now. It’s incumbent upon us and the producers to come up with more great ideas.”
She has reason to be concerned: Last summer, ABC cancelled three reality shows in a row: The One, cancelled after four episodes; One Ocean View, cancelled after two episodes; Extreme Makeover, which was cancelled after one episode; and Buy it Now, cancelled before it ever aired. Of course, those shows wouldn’t have been cancelled if they hadn’t sucked so bad; anyone who actually watched an episode of The One, for example, and then decided to broadcast it should be ashamed of themselves.
The other panelists talked about where reality shows belong; the CAA’s Michael Camacho said, Network “Primetime is where the big money can be made. Primetime matters most. It is still water-cooler talk.” But Cris Abrego, producer of Flavor of Love and other shows for VH1, said that, on cable, “The checks still cash.”