Famous Food flops, VH1 moves it and its awful reality stars to a new night

The reality series that brought together a bunch of unlikable reality show cast members to open a restaurant that no one wants to go to, Famous Food, surprisingly flopped and is being moved to a new night and time.

The show debuted last week with just 430,000 viewers, making it “VH1’s least-watched series debut of the year” according to The Futon Critic.

Episode two aired yesterday, and the third airs in its new timeslot: Wednesdays at 8. VH1’s press release did not mention the dismal ratings, but just said it is a show that features Mike Malin and Lonnie Moore “mentor[ing] seven celebrities who will battle it out to win the bragging rights to a fully-operating restaurant of their own.”

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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.