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Writers’ Strike Could Mean More Reality TV

November 09, 2007 12:03 AM by Joe Blackmon

Viewers can thank reality TV that the writers’ strike won’t lead to
nothing but reruns.  In anticipation of a potentially long strike, the
networks are already starting to shuffle their schedules to make room
for more reality TV.

Fox has announced a revised 2007-2008 lineup that includes several reality TV and game shows.  Fox’s powerhouse American Idol will be returning on Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15 with a two night, four hour premiere.  Saturday night mainstays Cops and America’s Most Wanted will also continue with new episodes.

A new game show called The Moment of Truth will premiere on Fox on Wednesday, January 23 from 9:00PM to 10:00PM ET/PT.  Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader and Don’t Forget The Lyrics will also continue with new episodes.

The fourth season of Hell’s Kitchen, which normally runs in the Summer, will premiere on Fox on Tuesday, April 1 from 9:00PM to 10:00PM ET/PT.  A brand new reality TV show called When Women Rule The World will debut on Monday, March 3 from 8:00PM to 9:00PM ET/PT.  When Women Rule The World will explore what happens when a group of strong, educated and independent women, tired of living in a man’s world, rule over a group of unsuspecting men used to calling the shots.

While CBS, ABC, and NBC haven’t been quite as revealing about how the writers’ strike will affect their lineups, there are plenty of reality TV related rumors surfacing.  The biggest rumor is that CBS will premiere Big Brother 9 in January or February.  Entertainment Weekly reported that a reliable source told them that CBS is ramping up production on the series.  When Reality TV Magazine contacted CBS to verify the story, a CBS spokesperson responded "We don’t have any details on Big Brother, yet."

Another rumor on the CBS front is that Survivor 16 will be another All Stars edition.  If the writers’ strike stretches out, it’s very possible that the premiere date for Survivor 16 could happen sooner rather than later. 

Even before the writers’ strike, ABC announced a Dancing with the Stars reality spin-off called Dance War would be premiering in January.  Dancing with the Stars 6 and Oprah Winfrey’s The Big Give will also all likely be on ABC’s spring reality schedule. 

On NBC, there looks to be plenty of reality and game shows in the pipeline as well.  In addition to existing shows like The Biggest Loser and Deal or No Deal, NBC has announced reality competition American Gladiators and a new reality game show called Amne$ia.  Also, Donald Trump’s The Apprentice will return with a celebrity edition.

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