October 3, 2013 |
NBC is hoping to get a space-travel reality show off the ground this time. The network is teaming up with producer Mark Burnett and billionaire Richard Branson to make "Space Race," a competition series that would send the winner up in SpaceShipTwo, a commercial space-travel service from Branson's Virgin Galactic. The series could offer Virgin a key opportunity to plug its services. FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 "Virgin Galactic's mission is to democratize space, eventually making commercial space travel affordable and accessible to all," Branson wrote in a statement.
September 3, 2013 |
Cord-cutting continues to nibble away at the U.S. pay-TV industry. According to a SNL Kagan report released Tuesday, the industry suffered a net loss of 217,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. The report also showed that traditional cable companies -- including Time Warner Cable -- are losing more subscribers to satellite and telecommunications competitors that also offer video service. The report illustrated why Time Warner Cable had little choice but to settle its contentious dispute with CBS Corp., which led to a monthlong blackout of CBS-owned stations in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.
July 29, 2013 |
Charlize Theron's production company is getting further into the reality TV game. Denver & Delilah, which produced Theron films including “Monster” and “Young Adult,” has teamed with reality mainstay Bunim/Murray Productions to make unscripted TV programming. The two companies on Monday announced they have created an unnamed joint venture and have optioned Israeli fashion show “Whose Closet Is it Anyway?” from Keshet International for development in the U.S. PHOTOS: Cable vs. broadcast ratings Each episode of the show, which first aired in Israel in 2011, has three women trade wardrobes and try to cope with each other's different fashion sense.
July 18, 2013 |
Reality television savant Mike Darnell is joining Warner Bros. Television Group as president of unscripted and alternative television. Considered one of the pioneers of the reality genre, Darnell has been a free agent since May when he resigned from Fox Broadcasting after almost two decades there. He has played a key part in the success of both wholesome shows such as "American Idol" as well as "When Animals Attack," "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" and more lowbrow fare. At Warner Bros., Darnell will be reunited with Peter Roth, a former top executive at Fox who is now president and chief content officer of the Warner Bros.
June 21, 2013 |
The classic manor house murder mystery would seem a no-brainer for reality TV, but somehow we got "Cupcake Wars" before "Whodunnit?" which premieres Sunday on ABC. And maybe there's a reason. As simple as all those cozy mysteries may seem, the good ones are actually complex layers of character, setting, plot and clues. And complexity is not the modus operandi of reality programming. This one, the brainchild of "CSI" co-creator Anthony E. Zuiker, appears to have ambitions beyond its genre, and possibly its budget.
June 20, 2013 |
Reality TV bestows upon the viewing public a glut of entertainments: dancers portraying flitting hummingbirds trying to seduce a blooming flower; entrepreneurs who've found an extra use for pillow cases by making them into dresses; adventurers threatening to urinate on rice (and beans); even four of music's top performers swirling in big red chairs. And the ratings come pouring in. The Envelope gathered four faces of reality TV (some of whom double as executive producers) - Carson Daly of NBC's "The Voice," Cat Deeley of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," Jeff Probst of CBS' "Survivor" and Mark Cuban of ABC's "Shark Tank" - to talk about longevity in the genre, the push and pull of dealing with contestants and the waning power of "American Idol.