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)
June 11, 2008
AT THE Envelope and, indeed, the Los Angeles Times, we love television so much that we track its every move. When shows peak and plummet, when they inspire and when they disappoint, we chronicle their progress. We love them all -- dramas, comedies, reality TV . . . ah, reality TV. That's where our passions really flare, and where the arguments can get ugly (in a good way). Here, some of our Show Trackers defend their favorites against the competition in our first Envelope Reality TV Smackdown.
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.
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.
August 20, 2008 |
CBS Corp. hired Jennifer Bresnan to lead development of reality shows, replacing Ghen Maynard. Bresnan, named senior vice president of alternative programming, will oversee reality shows such as "Survivor" and report to CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler, the New York company said. CBS hired Bresnan from the CW Network, where she supervised programs that included "America's Next Top Model."
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.