The CW Picks Up More Reality TV for Summer, Including Musical Chairs
Mind you I’m not much for reality TV anyway, but didn’t The CW learn its lesson from ‘H8R,’ or the declining viewership of ‘America’s Next Top Model?’ Nonetheless, if reality TV’s what you’re looking for this summer, the people at CW have you covered.
It had already been announced that the network would take on a new singing competition from Queen Latifah entitled ‘The Star Next Door,’ as well as a competition series based on musical chairs called ‘Oh Sit!’ (yeah, seriously, that’s happening), but now Deadline TV reveals that The CW will pick up two additional unscripted shows for the summer, bringing their reality slate to the highest level yet.
First up is new series ‘Breaking Pointe,’ which goes behind the scenes of a competitive Utah ballet company to showcase the interpersonal drama of the high-pressure profession, produced by ‘Big Brother’ and ‘The City’ executive producers Kate Shepherd and Bill Langworthy. Sounds like someone was watching ‘Black Swan’ the night before the big meeting!
Next added to the CW slate is ‘The Catalina,’ a new drama from iMPACT Wrestling’ and ‘Confessions of a Teen Idol’ producers Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey, which follows the “young, wild staff of The Catalina hotel in Miami’s South Beach. The fun-loving group, who form their own dysfunctional family unit, run a glamorous destination hotel while partying even harder than their guests.” I’m not familiar with any recent smash hotel movie I can make a joke tying to this, but that doesn’t rule it out, either.
Says CW president Mark Pedowitz of the recent summer grabs, “One of my first goals here at The CW was to increase the number of hours of original programming, both throughout the season and during the summer. With these four new reality series, we’re launching our biggest summer schedule yet which will boost our circulation during the summer months and provide us with a promotional platform for our fall launch.”
What say you, reality fans? Would you watch The CW’s epic reality slate while you wait for your favorite series to return in the fall, or is this the Snooki and Kim Kardashian hate-fest ‘H8R’ all over again? Give us your take in the comments below!