Reality TV Airdate Schedule News - July 2004
Move over, Fox and NBC, because UPN is making a bid to be bigger "player" in the reality television arena with the launching of its first reality dating series -- The Player.
Fox has announced that The Billionaire: Branson's Quest For The Best, the network's new Apprentice-like series based around British billionaire Richard Branson, will premiere on Tuesday, November 9 at 8PM ET/PT with a special two-hour broadcast. After its premiere, the program will air Tuesdays at 8PM ET/PT beginning November 16.
VH1 has announced that In Search of the Partridge Family, a reality television casting competition which will serve as a lead-in to a new VH1 The Partridge Family scripted sitcom update of the classic 1970's series, will premiere Sunday, September 5 at 9PM ET/PT.
When do you know that a reality show is really a ratings dud? When its network skips the broadcast of the next-to-last episode in an effort to hurry up and get the program off its airwaves as quickly as possible.
When a fledgling network has a breakout hit series one year, should it change the broadcast time of that show the next year?
The slugfest continues.
CBS has announced that Survivor: Vanuatu, the ninth edition of the long-running hit CBS reality series, will premiere on Thursday, September 16 at 8PM ET/PT.
NBC's 'Apprentice 2' to premiere September 9, Bill Rancic to guest star... and more spoiler tips roll inJuly 18, 2004
Looking to get a jump on the fall television season by rolling out its schedule in the weeks immediately following the conclusion of its August Summer Olympics coverage, NBC has announced that The Apprentice 2, the sequel to its hit reality competition series starring Donald Trump, will premiere Thursday, September 9.
Fox has announced that The Complex: Malibu, the network's new home renovation competition series, will debut on Monday, August 30 with a special two-hour 8-10PM ET/PT premiere. Following the two-hour special, the series will air in its regular 9PM ET/PT time period beginning Monday, September 6.
NBC has announced that the season finale of this summer's Who Wants to Marry My Dad?, originally slated for Monday, July 26, will now air Monday, August 2 at 10PM ET/PT due to Democratic Convention coverage on July 26.
Fox has announced that Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy, the new head of household swapping series that's made the network the target of idea theft allegations from both ABC and numerous media outlets, will premiere Tuesday, July 20 at 8PM ET/PT.
If you can't beat them, don't let them beat you. That appears to be NBC's new motto for dealing with the reality-TV copycats at Fox.
Another reality show is trying to follow in Survivor's footsteps and make the switch from summer replacement to year-round entertainment.
Give Les Moonves, the head of TV networks UPN and CBS, credit -- he's learned through bitter experience that with reality TV, sometimes it's best to avoid the media limelight altogether.
'The Amazing Race 1's Drew and Kevin get their own three-part travel adventure show, premiering July 8July 8, 2004
Kevin O'Connor and Drew Feinberg, best known from their popular fan-favorite appearance on the first season of CBS' Emmy award-winning reality series The Amazing Race, will star in their own three-part Kevin and Drew Unleashed travel adventure series on the Discovery Channel. Kevin and Drew Unleashed will premiere Thursday, July 8th, from 10-11PM on The Discovery Channel.