Episodic TV lost 3,523 roles for actors last year, in part due to reality’s growth

During the 2004-2005 television season, networks aired “5.1 additional hours per week of nonscripted programs (reality, news magazines, sports and variety) or the equivalent of 10 sitcoms or five drama series,” according to Variety.

Overall, “reality programming in primetime increased from 15 to 22 hours per week.” This led to a decrease of 3,523 roles for actors, 10 percent fewer roles than were available in 2003.

The numbers were compiled by the Screen Actors Guild, which said in its report, “The displacement of scripted series by reality programming continues to be a severe obstacle to a working actor’s ability to earn a living.”

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