ABC exec says she’s “not hearing great ideas” for new reality shows

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.”

NATPE: What’s the Next Breed of Reality Shows? [Broadcasting & Cable]

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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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.