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MyNetworkTV To
Go All-Reality!!

I am – Hercules!!
MyNetworkTV, the new News Corp. broadcast network that emerged out of all the loose affiliates left behind by last year’s UPN/WB merger, is ditching its low-rated telenovelas and converting over to 100-percent unscripted programming. News Corp. has a long history of reality love. Its biggest series is “American Idol,” its oldest series is “Cops” and it owns the Fox Reality Channel. TVweek.com has the scoop here.





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  • March 1, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Second!

    by Billy Goat

    Woo-hoo! ...anyway, won't switching from telenovelas to reality only make their ratings WORSE?

  • March 1, 2007, 10:01 p.m. CST

    There's tons of all-reality channels. ESPN, for example

    by Flim Springfield

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  • March 1, 2007, 10:13 p.m. CST

    oooh look! Something I won't be watching!

    by Datascream

    seriously do we REALLY need more god damn reality TV?

  • March 1, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Well, I'll give the guy one thing.

    by dance4days

    At least the guy they interviewed has some perspective on where their network stands. Most people don't know they exist, nobody watches any of their shows, and they can't possibly compete with the major networks. I don't really see them going all-reality as any sort of a huge loss, since it's not like there was ever going to be a great show on this channel. Some reality TV really does make for good TV, even if it's just to laugh at how stupid some people are, and they might actually be able to throw together some decent reality television, since the genre is generally cheap to produce.

  • March 1, 2007, 10:46 p.m. CST

    What's going on, you ask?

    by CatVutt

    Simple. People watch this crap. Lots of people. They look normal, but they sit for hours in front of the American Idols, the Next Top Models, the Next Pussycat Ho, Meet Your New Shrieking Mommy, and Survivor: Fresno. And they talk about it at work and with family members like it's some social event, and half of them, if asked, will acknowledge that even THEY think it's crap, but watch it anyway. And as mentioned, it's cheap as shit compared to your hour-long dramas to produce, so why would the networks NOT program more and more of it? Personally, I remember getting sucked into the hype and watching the very first episode of 'Survivor' and laughing my ASS off, thinking how ridiculous it was, the whole dopey extinguishing of the torch thing, and the oh-so-serious tone, and being completely convinced that not only would it NEVER last, but that it wouldn't last the whole season. This, obviously, is why I'm not in charge of a network. God help me, I still expect somebody to put some actual thought and writing talent into the stuff I'm going to bother watching. But we're in the minority, folks. We've already lost this one. The only hope is to vehemently support the quality shows we can, because 'reality' programming ain't going anywhere anytime soon, and bitching about it just isn't going to make a difference.

  • March 1, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    How unlike News Corp to produce crap.

    by Roll Fizzlebeef

    FOX, FOX News, The New York Post, The Weekly Standard, MySpace, the aborted O.J. Simpson book...all of it tremendous shit.

  • March 1, 2007, 11:06 p.m. CST

    I SEE THE FUTURE AND IT IS...

    by wackybantha

    ...THE RUNNING MAN!!!

  • March 1, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST

    man

    by BadMrWonka

    people need to expect more from the glowing box...

  • March 2, 2007, 12:12 a.m. CST

    What the heck is McLeod's Daughters?

    by Neo Zeed

    Are they Connor's kids, after he defeated the Kurgan?

  • March 2, 2007, 3:09 a.m. CST

    No Doubt

    by FUZZYWOOKIEE

    This will SUCK worse than it does already. Reality TV, while being interesting for those emotional train wreck moments, drags the collective intelligence of the world into the toilet. I can not wait until this genre either a. dies a painful death or b. eventually becomes a parody of itself and we get some neat game shows like MXC or the like that point out how much crap people are willing to do for the money or their fifteen minutes.

  • March 2, 2007, 3:44 a.m. CST

    "a long history of reality love"

    by newc0253

    reality love? is that anything like porn?

  • March 2, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Because a sudden shift to reality shows worked for UPN

    by Big Bad Clone

    With the exception of Top Model, all the rest of their shows went largely ignored. Heck, the one with the slut from Laguna Beach had lower ratings than reruns of shit on PAX TV.

  • March 2, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Already Jumping The Shark!

    by Real Deal

    Reality shows are a trend. A trend that's just about run it's course. This is another move by a network that doesn't seem to have a clue as to which way to go. I just don't want them to die too soon as it's local to me affliate is the same station that carries the remastered version of Star Trek. Really sad to see this network go this way.

  • March 2, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Neo Zeed:

    by mbeemer

    "What the heck is McLeod's Daughters? ... Are they Connor's kids, after he defeated the Kurgan?"<p><p>If you recall, Immortals are sterile.

  • March 2, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    This whole network was a bad idea

    by somethingreal81

    If WB and UPN couldn't make it because there wasn't room for 6 networks then why did Fox think this would work? The telenovela idea was a horrible one since no one was going to commit to that many hours when they were airing against other primetime shows (though I still think they might have worked if they'd aired outside of primetime as originally intended before the CW merger.) Either way, it was only a matter of time before MyNet had to come up with other programming and basically be a REAL sixth network. I guess an all-reality channel could work (and NBC has already gone all-reality in the 8:00 hour) but I doubt they'll be able to pull that off forever either. Maybe they should (and I'm getting some inspiration from the McLeod's Daughters dvd) try buying some shows from other countries. There's a lot of great stuff out there that we never see in the U.S.

  • March 2, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Re:mbeemer

    by Neo Zeed

    In Highlander Part One after gaining "The Prize", Connor says that he can grow old and have kids. McLeod's Daughters could be about (baby daddy) Connor telling his kids about his old adventures between them crushing on boys 'n stuff. A One Tree Hill-type/ Highlander mashup.

  • March 2, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Finally...

    by Laza-rus

    Now maybe all the worthless tripe stinking up network TV will migrate over there and feed on each other.

  • March 3, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    doesnt this exist already

    by rdsxfan8

    isnt this channel called MTV??? i miss the days when mtv played headbangers ball, liquid television, the state, and all the poofy haried ( guys and girls) dj's played you the music you wanted in video form. now its date my mom, laguna beach, the hills, my sweet 16 crap. move all those to the new reality channel. I WANT MY MTV GODDAMM IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!