For a genre that was declared dead in 2001, 2002 certainly was an active year.
From The Osbournes to American Idol, new shows debuted that became the talk of the nation.
A look at the Google Zeitgeist and the Lycos 50 for 2002 reveal that searches for reality TV shows are still prevalent, and best and worst lists (USA TODAY’s, The New York Post’s, the American Film Institute’s, The New York Times’).
While some shows bounced around from network to network (No Boundaries) or were just cancelled (Under One Roof), it looks like we’re won’t see the genre’s popularity break for a while, judging by the stream of shows that are being planned and renewed.
And there was a lot of news this year—801 individual posts over 52 weeks, to be exact, although many of those contained multiple links to different stories.