Tuesday, August 02, 2005


I read in the WSJ that Mark Burnett's latest show Rock Star INXS, which I consider to be a ripoff of American Idol, is flopping. Good.

The show is getting killed in its CBS time slot and CBS is thinking of moving it. For the record, this is not Burnett's first flop show. The Contender did poorly on NBC, even though it wasn't all that bad a show. It could have been better, but I understand that people in the boxing world actually had a lot of good things to say about that series and it may get a second chance on cable TV. A show that didn't fare well at all was The Casino on FOX- I guess because it was too realistic and didn't have enough backstabbings or people being told they were fired. Frankly, I think the article nails it when it talked about how there's an oversaturation of reality shows on TV. The problem is that just when you think the public is finally fed up with the entire genre, they make a hit out of American Idol or Dancing With the Stars, or So You Think You Can Dance. So it encourages these network fools to show more reality junk. Thank you very much. Hopefully, though, if enough of these shows flop these executives will get the message and start programming cop shows and the like again.

I really am sick of seeing reality TV shows. It seems to be the only type of program that Global TV airs- or maybe it only seems that way. They run basically every show Mark Burnett produces, including Rock Star INXS. Plus they also run Fear Factor and Average Joe, among other dreck. And their sister station CH is responsible for bringing into Canadian homes that other great CBS reality snoozefest, the Big Brother series. It's gotten to the point where I don't want to see ANY new reality shows, because they're sure to be crap. Whenever I watch some sporting event on ABC I always see some promo for some new reality show that those Disney types want to shove down the throats of Americans, and I start groaning "oh no, not again." Yet another complete waste of television real estate. They're better off showing Mickey Mouse cartoons, or something. The extreme-makeover/Supernanny/hookup reality shows on ABC are just awful, a waste of time.

I'm not even looking forward to that Martha Stewart "Apprentice" show they are planning. Maybe it will work, but I really think you'd have to be crazy to work for Martha Stewart. Anyway, enough about reality TV.

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