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Is the reality TV era waning?

This fall, the five most-watched English-language broadcast networks have scheduled about 14 hours of reality shows in prime time, the fewest in their fall lineups since 2005.

The drop comes as broadcast networks have had trouble finding success with new reality shows outside summertime, and face growing competition from reality shows on cable.

But reality shows generally fare much more poorly as reruns, giving networks an incentive to reinvest in comedies and dramas, some media executives say. As broadcast networks have seen their audiences fragment in the last decade, their parent media companies have become more dependent on selling popular shows as reruns, especially to cable networks.


Asked by tasches at 12:52 PM on Sep. 16, 2010 in Entertainment

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  • I can't help it- I love cheesy reality shows!!! I also like a drama's and comedies- I like to watch a good mix of all 3

    Answer by skittles1108 at 12:57 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • I hope so!

    Answer by Roadfamily6now at 12:53 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • I hope so, Im tired of watching skanky girls being even more scandelous and skanky on tv...or fighting over stupid crap!!! I do watch SOME reality tv but gosh seriously, i could do with out a lot of them.

    Answer by anikahaynes1 at 12:54 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • Oh please, oh please, oh please!

    To me, reality TV is the modern-day equivalent of the Roman Coliseum, except now we line up and pay our money to watch people be emotionally and verbally eviscerated instead of just physically.

    Answer by geminilove at 1:12 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • I hope so.

    Answer by wildflowers25 at 1:31 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

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