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So long Fox Reality Channel

My first reaction to the news that the Fox Reality Channel will be shut down was snark. After all, the best thing the channel gave us in five years were reruns of The Mole and The Search for the Next Elvira while also subjecting the world to shows like Battle of the Bods, the transphobic There’s Something About Miriam and Smile… You’re Under Arrest. It’s almost as if the network were designed to make the Fox network’s reality shows look classy by comparison.

However, after some thought I realized that there was a real missed potential to the network. Instead of filling its schedule with repeats of US reality shows, the network should have aired more imports and positioned itself as the way to deal with withdrawal from your favorite reality franchise.

Can’t wait for the next Project Runway season? Then check out Project Catwalk, the UK version, until the new season begins. Let down to see America’s Next Top Model crown a winner and wrap up the cycle? Hold yourself with a season of Canada’s Next Top Model.

Imports should have made for fairly cheap programming while being something that could be promoted as original programming. Additionally, those imports would have played off of the brand identity of the US edition.

The channel’s Wikipedia entry says the show aired some international editions, but since that was the first I heard of it I’m guessing they never promoted these shows effectively. Maybe another media company could consider such a venture.


October 15, 2009 Posted by | US Cable Networks | | Comments Off on So long Fox Reality Channel

That’s Gay: No Homo

Current TV’s infoMania is easily my favorite week-in-review comedy show. It’s easily one of the smartest shows in the genre, avoiding the easy snark for sharper, more cutting insight. Some of that comes from the variety of voices behind infoMania, Sarah Haskins has been dropping some feminist humor since the show began and Bryan Safi has similarly tacked gay issues with humor with his “That’s Gay” segment.

In the latest “That’s Gay” Safi takes on “no homo” and breaks down the ridiculousness of it all.

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October 8, 2009 Posted by | US Cable Networks | , | Comments Off on That’s Gay: No Homo

Another flashback from ABC Family

ABC Family has shown a knack for casting that invokes nostalgia in Gen X viewers (which is admittedly odd, considering the network’s target demo isn’t Gen Xers) by including the likes of Molly Ringwald and Josie Bissett in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Charisma Carpenter and Thomas Calabro on Greek among others.

Now, the network is planning another nostalgia trip with a new comedy pilot starring Clarissa Explains It All/Sabrina the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart and Blossom heartthrob Joey Lawrence. Hart would play a member of a political dynasty who takes in her niece and nephew after her sister is sent to prison, while Lawrence will be the manny she hires to help manage her new family.

Now, I wonder what it would take to get the network to takeĀ  a look at revisiting the youthful absurdity of The Adventures of Pete and Pete

October 1, 2009 Posted by | US Cable Networks | , , | Comments Off on Another flashback from ABC Family