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Thursday, January 30, 2003

Here's a nice little rundown of the latest and greatest in the reality-show universe, and how much money it's making. I think it's amusing that this writer somehow thinks that the reality format is the permanent future of TV, displacing traditional scripted programming. He even makes the comparison with trash-talk shows like Jerry Springer and Jenny Jones--shows that experienced a huge spike in popularity and buzz, only to eventually settle into an enduring, but undistiguished, niche. That's sure to happen with reality TV too, probably by the end of this year: The inevitable oversaturation of reality shows will lead to a drop in their popularity, and the genre will fall back into being just another format (albiet one that's, unfortunately, probably here to stay).