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sit-coms, reality TV will share equal amounts of time on fall schedules.

sit-coms and reality TV will share equal amounts of time on fall schedules.
For the first time in television history, reality television and situation comedies will both occupy network schedules for the same number of hours. And the number of hours of reality TV–just over 20–that will be on TV each week is just shy of half the number of hours that dramas occupy. As BackStage.com reports, “According to the Screen Actors Guild, the upcoming fall network TV schedule includes 20.5 hours of reality programming per week, an increase of 128 percent over 2003. These figures include ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, UPN, and WB. The increase in reality television leads to a decrease in production of scripted series. This fall, the number of half-hour comedies has plummeted from 52 to 41, a 21 percent drop. Hour-long dramas are down from 48 last fall to 45 this year.” The site reports that this shift is hitting casting directors hard, as casting talentless whore nobodies for reality TV shows is quite a different type of work than casting talentless whore actors. Those actors are also facing tough choices, such as whether or not to get attention by exposing their ugly, nonscripted personalities to the world on shows such as Big Brother.

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