June 17, 2010
Even though reality shows dominate prime-time TV, they have a relatively small presence at the Emmys. Programs are divided into one category for competitive shows, another for non-competitive, plus there's a race for hosts. Separately, there are nonfiction categories for series and specials more like documentaries. REALITY / COMPETITION SHOW Front-runners "The Amazing Race," CBS "American Idol," Fox "America's Next Top Model," CW "Celebrity Apprentice," NBC "Dancing With the Stars," ABC "Project Runway," Lifetime "So You Think You Can Dance," Fox "Survivor," CBS "Top Chef," Bravo Spotlight: For seven years, "Amazing Race" has zoomed past TV's top-rated show in this award race.
March 24, 2010
SERIES America's Next Top Model: The contestants take part in a dance-inspired photo shoot that challenges them to pose while simulating dance. Scott Patterson joins the judging panel and Season 3 contestant Toccara Jones tests the contestants' fashion knowledge. (8 p.m. KTLA). Great Performances: The new episode "Dance in America: NY Export: Opus Jazz," features 16 city kids portraying the New York youth experience, based on Jerome Robbins' "ballet in sneakers" (8 p.m. KCET)
April 8, 2009 |
Last week, the CW scored its best ratings in nearly five months. Ordinarily, this might not sound like huge news. But CW is a network that was considered as good as dead just a year ago. And earlier this year, its attention-grabbing youth soap "90210" wilted when it competed directly against Tuesday editions of Fox's smash "American Idol." But thanks to "Gossip Girl" -- another soap about rich, fashionably attired young people -- as well as two old reliables, the reality contest "America's Next Top Model" and the thriller "Supernatural," CW looks this spring to be holding its own, if not exactly rebounding.
March 1, 2009 |
Only on "America's Next Top Model" is the opportunity for a career on the runways considered an act of charity. The show, like its gadfly godhead, Tyra Banks, is at its core about inclusion -- no one shall be denied the chance to be a model for reasons of race, sexual identity, height, weight, family history, tragedy, attitude and so on. Except that at season's end, almost without fail, conventional bests unique.
September 5, 2008 |
The return of "America's Next Top Model" is like the return of fall (or summer, winter or spring): inevitable and with some, but not much, variation. The beginning is always the most exciting time, when everything is new. We're still getting to know the girls and are only just getting the first bonk on the head of the personal-strife stories that we'll be slammed with over and over again throughout the season. We haven't gotten to the uncomfortable acting lessons or the "controversial" shoots or even the makeovers.
September 4, 2008 |
To build anticipation for its new spinoff of the teen soap "Beverly Hills, 90210," the CW kept a tight lid on preview copies and rolled out the show right after Labor Day, on a night with light competition. Both steps look pretty smart right now. Tuesday night's two-hour premiere of "90210" gave the struggling CW some of its best ratings ever, with an average of 4.9 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. "90210," which follows new characters alongside such regulars from the old series as played by Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty, gave the CW its highest-rated night for a scripted series in the key demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds, with a 2.6 rating / 7 share.