Reality TV Airdate Schedule News - November 2003
After 215,000 applications, a 16-city recruiting tour and several months of production, NBC has announced that The Apprentice, the network's new reality series that stars Donald Trump and was created by Survivor producer Mark Burnett, will make its super-sized premiere after Friends on January 8 (8:30 - 10:00 PM ET). The following week it will move into its regular timeslot, Wednesdays (8-9 PM ET), beginning January 14.
CBS President Les Moonves announced today that Star Search, the revamped talent competition that performed well for network earlier this year, will return to the CBS schedule on January 17, 2004.
UPN has announced that the second season of its America's Next Top Model hit "dramality" series, once again hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, will premiere Tuesday, January 13, 2003 at 9PM ET/PT.
CBS has announced that Survivor: All Stars, one of the most anticipated entertainment events of 2004, will premiere following CBS Sports' coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII on Sunday, February 1, 2004.
FOX has announced that its hit American Idol series will make its highly anticipated third-season debut on Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21. The series’ special two-part premiere will kick off with a two-hour episode from 8-10 PM ET/PT on Tuesday followed by a special one-hour episode on Wednesday from 8-9 PM ET/PT on FOX.
ABC has announced that in addition to picking up the network's Extreme Makeover series for a full twenty-two episode season, the network has also ordered six episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, a spin-off series that brings the radical makeover concept to homes across America. A one-hour special of the series will air on ABC on Wednesday, December 3 at 10PM ET. Ty Pennington, the carpenter from TLC's Trading Spaces, will host the show.
ABC has announced that the second installment of The Bachelorette, the romance reality series which turns the tables on the traditional dating rituals by giving one woman the chance to meet twenty-five handsome, successful men, will premiere on Wednesday, January 14 at 9PM ET.
Well it took awhile, but ABC has finally announced a premiere date for Celebrity Mole Yucatan, the fourth installment of its The Mole reality series. Greenlighted in March 2003, filmed in Spring 2003 in Mexico, and first announced in June 2003, the series will premiere on Wednesday, January 14 at 10PM ET following the premiere of the second installment of network's The Bachelorette series.
Fox, which is increasingly starting to look like it's playing "spin the bottle" to determine its programming schedule and struggling to plug several underperforming holes in its Fall schedule, has announced yet another scheduling change for the premiere of its highly anticipated Green Acres-style The Simple Life reality series.
Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller has finally achieved his dream: a one-night face-off among winners of Pop Idol versions from around the world, to be called World Idol.
Taking a page from CBS's standard practice of repeating the premiere episode of its Survivor series, NBC has announced that it will air an encore broadcast of the first episode of its hit Average Joe series on Saturday, November 8 at 9 PM ET.
Only a couple of days after announcing that it was cancelling The Next Joe Millionaire's Tuesday night broadcasts and just planning on broadcasting the remaining episodes of the ten-episode series in its Mondays at 8PM ET timeslot, FOX has done an about face and is once again planning on airing two episodes of the program a week. Only now, both episodes will be on Monday evenings.
Give Fox credit; they moved quickly to cut their losses. Beginning tonight, November 3, Fox's The Next Joe Millionaire will air exclusively on Monday nights, ending its disappointing Tuesday run after only one week.
Wondering how this week's unusual Episode 7 two-parter will effect the rest of the Survivor: Pearl Islands broadcast schedule? Wonder no more. During a post-Episode 7 press conference, Survivor producer Mark Burnett announced that due to the addition of the two-part Episode 7 episode, not only will this Survivor season not feature the traditional mid-series "recap" episode, but that additional new season finale changes are in store.