Top Model adds male contestants for its 20th season

The CW has renewed America’s Next Top Model for a 20th season, and the show is once again undergoing a major shift: it’s adding male contestants, who will live in the same house with the women.

In a press release, The CW said that “viewers will continue to have a direct impact on the competition by voting for their favorite models though social media, helping decide who gets eliminated.” The release said nothing about the show’s new judges, however, so it’s not clear if the same panel will return.

That the show has survived to season 20, especially having been dumped on Fridays, seems remarkable, though it has benefited from DVR usage, adding 60 percent more viewers 18 to 49 once DVR viewers were factored in. That’s significant because it’s last episode had just 1.08 million viewers and a .5 in 18-49. Also, it’s not like The CW has anything else to air.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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