A new Summer Season….more reality (if you want to call it that)

I just finished watching the Bachelorette….and this week The Rock starts his reality show. America’s Got Talent is already pulling in big ratings. And Big Brother begins anew in a week or two.

Is American reality crazy? Or is it just me?

When I was growing up (eons ago, my son says)…summers were for reruns. A time for catching up with the shows I missed during the year. It was a rare thing to see a new show in the summer.

Now, the summer is prelude to fall.

A testing ground for many short run series.

If it’s good, it might make it into the big boy part of the schedule, which is September.

Always keep in mind that very few new shows survive the year.

And never forget that the big months in the TV year are September, November, February and May. Those are the months where ratings equal advertising dollars. If your show flames out in September, you can cost your network zillions of dollars. Amazing, isn’t it when a show goes on the air in September and is cancelled almost immediately.

So enjoy the Summer. And the un-reality of reality shows.



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