Fox programming executive Dana Walden identified the exact reason why Coupled, a Mark Burnett-produced Bachelor clone, failed.
Survivor and The Voice producer Mark Burnett’s first dating series, Coupled, debuts tonight. So is it better or worse than The Bachelor?
As someone who loves reality television, and loves a great reality TV series, I always root for shows to succeed. I want producers and networks to take risks, and to risk failure to try something new. I want great unscripted art and entertainment, and I want it to do well. And then I read about… continue reading
Fox Television chairs and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman talked with TV critics this morning at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. They talked about the network’s reality TV, including American Idol and Knock Knock Live. Inspired by this brief Twitter exchange with USA TODAY critic Robert Bianco, here are some things they… continue reading
Fox has cancelled its quasi-live, Ryan Seacrest-hosted series Knock Knock Live. This is unsurprising: the first episode was an offensive mess, and in terms of viewers, the answer to “who’s there” on Fox’s Knock Knock Live was “pretty much no one.” Despite the presence of Justin Bieber on Tuesday’s episode, or maybe because of it, ratings… continue reading
When CBS first announced The Briefcase, I wondered why they show didn’t just give money away to families in need instead of using it to manipulate them. A few months later, Fox has debuted a show that answers that question and proves I was wrong. Such a show would be terrible—or at least, Knock Knock… continue reading
Fox tonight debuts Knock Knock Live, a hybrid reality/game show that is a single, brilliant embodiment of broadcast television’s desperation for viewers. The series, which airs at 9 p.m. ET, is a game show on which a camera crew and famous people show up at contestants’ doors for “an unforgettable moment.” That hints at one… continue reading
Last year’s failed Fox series I Wanna Marry Harry pretended that the star of its Bachelor-like competition was British royalty. While it’s not surprising that such a tired, dumb premise failed to draw viewers, what happened during production of the series is truly shocking. It’s manipulation of epic proportions. The series’ winner, Kimberly Birch, told… continue reading
Let’s not pretend: Fox’s Bullseye is Fear Factor. It looks like Fear Factor, with the same southern California desert locations. It has the same prize, $50,000. It has the same episodic structure, with people being eliminated after each of three challenges. It has the same explosions signaling the successful completion of the big challenge. This… continue reading
Fox today announced a new series called Bullseye that is basically a version of Fear Factor, one that skips the gross eating and other weaker challenges and just focuses on the bigger stunts. Hosted by Twilight and The Comeback’s Kellen Lutz and co-hosted by comedian Godfrey, the competition finds different ways for people to hit giant bullseyes with their bodies. So of course, it’s… continue reading
After just over a year at Fox, Simon Andrae is out as its reality TV executive, and former ABC executive Corie Henson is in as executive vice president of alternative entertainment. A Fox press release said that Andrae–who came from Discovery and was hired to replace Mike Darnell, if that’s even possible–now “transitions into a new producing… continue reading
After airing four episodes, Fox’s I Wanna Marry “Harry” has been effectively cancelled, as has the improv comedy series Riot. Both were pulled from the schedule and replaced by repeats of its comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Family Guy. I Wanna Marry “Harry” was a pointless and bad remake of Joe… continue reading
Remember Joe Millionaire–and remember its failed second season, The Next Joe Millionaire, and all of the failed knock-offs? Perhaps you also remember how, in 2003, Fox’s entertainment chair called the second season “greedy” and said it should have been “a one-time stunt”? Flash forward to 2014, when Fox has produced another season of the show,… continue reading
The CW found success with its revival of Whose Line is it Anyway, which was renewed for a new season, and now Fox is getting into the improv comedy series game with its acquisition of a format that will be called Slide Show. Steve Carrell is executive producing the series, which will feature celebrities and… continue reading
Mike Darnell, Fox’s reality TV executive, is leaving the company after 19 years of overseeing shows from Joe Millionaire to American Idol. In a cheekily titled press release (“Mike Darnell Votes Himself Out…of Fox Broadcasting Company”), Darnell said that, while he was “offered a new long term contract … I’ve decided it’s time for a… continue reading