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No, Reality TV Isn't Dead Yet

No, Reality TV Isn't Dead Yet


  • Wayne Brady has been tapped to host Fox's "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" The show will ask contestants to sing the missing lyrics to up to 10 songs for the chance to win $1 million. This sounds suspiciously like NBC's "The Singing Bee," and America certainly doesn't need two karaoke-themed game shows. For that matter, America doesn't need one karaoke-themed game show.
  • For the second week in a row, the bad reality roundup includes a Donald Trump project. This time, it's "Pageant Place," a show for MTV that will follow Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA living in the same apartment during their reigns. Apparently, the three beauty queens always live together, so my biggest question is: How has this not been filmed before? (And, on a related note, how do those three egos fit in a New York-sized apartment?)
  • VH1 has a whopping five new reality shows in the pipeline. Worst among them: "Danny Bonaduce’s Child Star,” featuring the former Danny Partridge looking for the next great kid actor/stage parent combo, and "The Salt 'N' Pepa Show," following the trio's attempted reunion. (But I'm not going to lie: "America's Most Smartest Model," hosted by Ben Stein, is probably going to be awesome.)

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  • Following the stunning success of "National Bingo Night" and "The Great American Dream Vote" (...kidding), ABC is trying yet another prime-time game show: "Set for Life," hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Contestants will try to win some large amount of money paid as a monthly check for the rest of their lives, though I have no idea what they have to do to get it. According to ABC's press release, "This show does not require skill." Good to know.
  • Speaking of which, CBS has "Power of 10" lined up for an August debut. In this one, Drew Carey will guide contestants to answer questions posed to the American public; those who correctly predict how the majority of people respond can win up to $10 million. Basically, it's "Family Feud" without the family (or Richard Dawson).
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