Archive for 2013

The 10 Worst New Cable Shows of 2013

In part two of the "worst new show of 2013" feature we take a look at shows on cable.  Unsurprisingly, most of the list consists of reality series', but number one is scripted. Who takes the top spot?  Check out my list to find out !    
10.  Talk about milking a show for all its worth.  A year after the conclusion of Jersey Shore, MTV graced us with yet another spinoff, this time The Show with Vinny.  Unlike the other shows in the franchise, 'Vinny' was a talk show.  Entertainment Weekly said it was the best of the spinoffs, although they used the term very loosely.  Despite a solid start following the MTV Movie Awards (1.85 million), the official premiere nabbed only 1.19 million viewers.  By the time the finale rolled around, a mere 25% of the viewers stuck around (470,000 viewers).  Let's hope this is officially the end of the Jersey Shore franchise (with the exception of still-running Snooki and JWoww).

9.  The number nine spot on the list goes to yet another talk show: The Jenny McCarthy Show.  From the beginning it seemed as if there was no clear direction on where the show was headed.  Numerous aspects were tested, none of which stuck with viewers.  The biggest "grab" for viewers was that the show would be a party.  On a Friday night, however, would viewers really want to watch a party instead of attending one?  That question was answered when The Jenny McCarthy Show premiere scored a terrible 200,000 viewers and fell as low as 120,000 viewers in May 2013.  Reviews were mostly negative with The A.V. Club calling the show "unfunny, pointless, and kind of offensive."  Even with the abysmal numbers, Jenny was offered a co-host seat on The View, effectively cancelling her VH1 series.

8.  E! is known for putting some bad shows on television, so it should come as no surprise to see one of their shows on the list (with another below).  Hoping to strike it big with a popular band, E! debuted a new series focusing on The Wanted, appropriately titled, The Wanted Life.  Though widely popular, viewers were not interested in a series following the everyday life of the band.  Even with the lead in of Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Wanted Life debuted to only 600,000 viewers, holding a tiny 20% of the Kardashian audience.  The show held onto that audience for most of the season, but still it is not hard to lose 600,000 viewers.  After seven episodes, the show silently left the airwaves.  E! has never officially cancelled the series, but it will likely never see the light of day again.

7.  Hoping to duplicate the success of Dance Moms, Lifetime ordered Pretty Wicked Moms.  The series followed the lives of six mothers, who were, go figure, considered wicked.  Critics instantly slammed the series, with Hitfix saying "Somehow you've found women more vile, more petulant, and possibly more dumber than most women in The Real Housewives franchise."  The A.V. Club gave Pretty Wicked Moms an 'F' grade, saying it "makes the entire gender a dispiriting, hateful laughingstock."  Viewers agreed with the critics, and a mere 800,000 tuned into the debut in June 2013.  Ratings continued to fall, with the series slumping to 440,000 viewers for the July 9th airing.  Lifetime has never officially cancelled the series, but it can be assumed Pretty Wicked Moms will never grace our television screens again.

6.  In July 2013, ABC Family debuted new docudrama, Te Vineyard, which followed eleven young adults in Martha's Vineyard.  Call it a rip-off of The Hills, or Jersey Shore, or The Real World.  Whatever you want to call The Vineyard, it was still horrible.  The New York Daily News called the show generic, and The Boston Globe was shocked ABC Family was able to find characters who were so fake.  Similar to most reality series on the network, The Vineyard was a bust.  The debut episode notched 730,000 viewers, an okay performance, but that would be its best performance of the series.  By episode three, only 410,000 viewers were left and when the finale aired five weeks later, a tiny 420,000 viewers tuned in.

5.  ABC Family's second entry on the list is another reality bomb: Spell-Mageddon.  The show featured contestants trying to spell fairly easy words while being put through different obstacles.  The Los Angeles Times said Spell-Mageddon "doesn't look fun at all" and that the distractions endured by the contestants were "more annoying than compelling."  The premiere episode bombed with a mere 333,000 viewers and 0.1 A18-49, and that was the third highest rating for the show.  Things got ugly for the airing on August 28th, when a measly 190,000 viewers tuned in.  After eight episodes, Spell-Mageddon left the airwaves.

4.  MSNBC has been in the shadows of Fox News for years.  The network thought they could get a spark in ratings with a non-news personality: Alec Baldwin.  On Friday nights, they debuted his new late-night talk show, Up Late with Alec Baldwin.  The new show gained little interest for the network, although it was a slight improvement over the previous timeslot occupant (654,000 viewers,  up 53% / 172,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo, down 7%).  By episode five, the show shed a majority of its audience, slipping to 395,000 viewers.  Up Late with Alec Baldwin also had trouble booking guests, with the majority of the guests coming from MSNBC.  In mid-November, Alec Baldwin was suspended for two weeks after using an anti-gay slur.  Less than two weeks after the suspension, MSNBC fired Alec Baldwin, and cancelled Up Late with Alec Baldwin.

3.  E! thought they struck gold with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte signing on to a new series, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?.  The docu-series followed the Olympian preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics, as well as his personal life.  Reviews were harsh.  The New York Daily News gave the show 1 out of 5 stars, saying "one can only wonder how it will be possible for enough materiel for an entire series", and its score on Metacritic was a pitiful 33.  The series premiere of What Would Ryan Lochte Do? nabbed a minuscule 807,000 viewers and 0.4 A18-49 in April 2013.  One week later, the audience collapsed to 392,000 viewers and 0.2 A18-49.  Surprisingly, the show lost even more viewers: 300,000 viewers for a May 27th airing.  In September 2013, E! cancelled the series after eight episodes.

2.  To compile this list, throughout the year I keep track of shows I believe are "the worst".  Somehow, number two on the list, Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs, got on the air without me noticing.  Through some digging, I discovered this reality dud.  The docu-series followed former baseball player Pete Rose and his fiancee Kiana, along with her two children.  The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed the show "painful", and the Metacritic score was an embarrassing 36.  The premiere of Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs. scored 783,000 viewers, with the second episode directly after falling to 524,000 viewers.  One week later, the two episodes averaged 626,000 viewers.  After only four episodes, TLC pulled the series from its lineup.  The remaining two episodes were burned off a month later on TLC's sister network, Destination America.

And finally, the worst new cable show of 2013 is...

Low Winter Sun.  Okay, so reviews were not all too harsh for the series (it earned an average 59 on Metacritic), but compared to other AMC series, it was not good.  Low Winter Sun got off to what looked like a strong start: 2.51 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49.  However, the premiere aired behind the final season debut of Breaking Bad, putting retention at a horrible 42% among total viewers (5.92 million) and 38% in the demo (2.9).  In week two, Low Winter Sun experienced one of the worst drops of the season for any show, falling to 1.47 million viewers and 0.5 demo (retention of 30% / 21% from Breaking Bad).  Ratings fell each week, before finally recovering a bit in episode seven (to 1.33 million viewers and 0.5 A18-49), but retention was even worse: 20% among total viewers and 15% in the demo.  The last two episodes of Low Winter Sun recorded a horrible 630,000 viewers and 0.2 A18-49.  In December 2013, two months after its last new episode aired, AMC cancelled Low Winter Sun, joining Rubicon as one of the two series never to get to a second season on the network.

Which series do YOU consider the worst of 2013?  Sound off in the comments below!
Saturday, December 28, 2013
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The 10 Worst New Broadcast Shows of 2013

Today is part one of two in the "worst new show of 2013" feature.  This is the second year in a row I've compiled a list of the 10 worst new shows to debut during the year.  And now, onto the list !
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Scores Big for VH1

The premiere of CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story scored big numbers for VH1.  More after the jump !

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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Which Returning Dramas Will Return Next Season?

Which returning dramas will not make it to another season?  For my predictions, check out the article!

Saturday, September 14, 2013
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Chances of New Fall Dramas: NBC

There are 12 new dramas premiering this fall, essentially in line with the number of new comedies.  Networks are hoping to find the next hit drama, which they have had trouble with the past few seasons.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Chances of New Fall Dramas: CBS/FOX

There are 12 new dramas premiering this fall, essentially in line with the number of new comedies.  Networks are hoping to find the next hit drama, which they have had trouble with the past few seasons.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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Chances of New Fall Dramas: The CW

There are 12 new dramas premiering this fall, essentially in line with the number of new comedies.  Networks are hoping to find the next hit drama, which they have had trouble with the past few seasons.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Chances of New Fall Dramas: ABC

There are 12 new dramas premiering this fall, essentially in line with the number of new comedies.  Networks are hoping to find the next hit drama, which they have had trouble with the past few seasons.

Monday, September 9, 2013
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Which Returning Comedies Will Return Next Season?

Which returning comedies will not make it to another season?  For my predictions, check out the article!

Saturday, September 7, 2013
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Chances of New Fall Comedies: NBC

There are 14 new comedies premiering this fall, nearly matching the 15 comedies that will return during the entire 2013-2014 television season.  Networks are ordering a number of comedies, hoping to find the next The Big Bang Theory    .

Today: Will NBC find success or is the next Animal Practice on the way?  We take a look at each new comedy and the chances of it becoming a success.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
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Chances of New Fall Comedies: FOX

There are 14 new comedies premiering this fall, nearly matching the 15 comedies that will return during the entire 2013-2014 television season.  Networks are ordering a number of comedies, hoping to find the next The Big Bang Theory     .

Today: Will FOX find success or is the next Ben and Kate on the way?  We take a look at each new comedy and the chances of it becoming a success.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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Chances of New Fall Comedies: CBS

There are 14 new comedies premiering this fall, nearly matching the 15 comedies that will return during the entire 2013-2014 television season.  Networks are ordering a number of comedies, hoping to find the next The Big Bang Theory  .

Today: Will CBS find success or is the next Partners on the way?  We take a look at each new comedy and the chances of it becoming a success.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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Chances of New Fall Comedies: ABC

There are 14 new comedies premiering this fall, nearly matching the 15 comedies that will return during the entire 2013-2014 television season.  Networks are ordering a number of comedies, hoping to find the next The Big Bang Theory    .

Today: Will ABC find success or is the next How to Live with Your Parents on the way?  We take a look at each new comedy and the chances of it becoming a success.
Monday, September 2, 2013
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A&E Cancels "The Glades"

After four seasons and 49 episodes, A&E has cancelled The Glades.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
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TV Land Cancels "Happily Divorced"

After two seasons and 34 episodes, TV Land has pulled the plug on the Fran Drescher series, Happily Divorced .

Sunday, August 25, 2013
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Who's Being Paid Big - 2013 Edition

It's back!  The 2013 edition of who is being paid what in the television world.  Like last year, not all of the actors/actresses that were published in the TV GUIDE MAGAZINE will be published here.  If you want to ask for a specific person, just leave a comment, and I'll see if its in the article.  If you don't feel like asking, just pick up your own copy of TV GUIDE MAGAZINE today.

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DRAMA (per episode)
Mark Harmon (NCIS) - $525,000 (plus profits from show)
Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU) - $400,000
Simon Baker (The Mentalist) - $350,000
Michael C. Hall (Dexter) - $300,000
Claire Danes (Homeland) - $250,000
David Boreanaz (Bones) - $250,000
Damian Lewis (Homeland) - $250,000
Kiefer Sutherland (24) - $250,000
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) - $225,000
Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal) - $175,000
Lauren Graham (Parenthood) - $175,000
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) - $150,000
Lucy Lui (Elementary) - $130,000
Greg Kinnear (Rake) - $125,000 (plus profits from show)
James Spader (Blacklist) - $125,000
Blair Underwood (Ironside) - $120,000
Toni Collette (Hostages) - $100,000
A.J. Cook (Criminal Minds) - $100,000
Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) - $100,000
Kerry Washington (Scandal) - $80,000
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) - $75,000
Clark Gregg (Marvel's Agents of SHIELD) - $75,000
Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) - $70,000
Kurtwood Smith (Resurrection) - $50,000
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) - $50,000
John Schneider (The Haves and the Have Nots) - $25,000

COMEDY (per episode)
Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men) - $750,000
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) - $650,000
Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - $325,000
Tim Allen (Last Man Standing) - $235,000
Cast of How I Met Your Mother - $225,000 each
Ed O'Neill (Modern Family) - $200,000 (plus profits from show)
Rest of Adult Modern Family cast - $175,000 each
Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones) - $165,000
John Goodman (Alpha House) - $100,000
James Caan (Back in the Game) - $75,000
Child Modern Family cast - $70,000 each
Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night) - $65,000 (plus profits from show)
Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs) - $60,000
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) - $50,000
Kristen Johnston (The Exes) - $50,000
Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence (Melissa and Joey) - $25,000 each

Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) - $47 million*
*The article notes Judge Judy brought in $230 million in advertising in 2012.
Maury Povich (Maury) - $14 million
Katie Couric (Katie) - $10 million
Queen Latifah (The Queen Latifah Show) - $5 to $10 million
Michael Strahan (Live with Kelly and Michael) - $4 million
Regis Philbin (Crowd Goes Wild) - $1 million
Aisha Tyler (The Talk) - $500,000

REALITY (per season, unless noted)
Kardashian family (Keeping up with the Kardashians) - $10 million
Keith Urban (American Idol) - $5 million
Jeff Probst (Survivor) - $4 million (per year)
Kelly Rowland (The X Factor) - $2.5 million
Robertson family (Duck Dynasty) - $250,000 (per episode)

LATE NIGHT (per year, unless noted)
Jon Stewart - $25 to $30 million
Jay Leno - $20 million
David Letterman - $20 million
Jimmy Fallon - $11 million
Chelsea Handler - $8 million
Seth Myers - $3 million
Kenan Thompson - $25,000 per episode

NEWS (per year)
Matt Lauer (NBC) - $22 to $25 million
Bill O'Reilly (Fox News) - $17 million
Brian Williams (NBC) - $13 million
Diane Sawyer (ABC) - $12 million
Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) - $7 million
Megyn Kelly (Fox News) - $6 million
Scott Pelley (CBS) - $5 million
Hoda Kotb (NBC) - $3 miillon
Jake Tapper (CNN) - $1 million
Sarah Palin (Fox News) - $250,000

Simon Cowell - $95 million
Oprah Winfrey - $77 million
Leslie Moonves - $62 million
Ryan Seacrest - $61 million
Rupert Mudoch - $28 million

*All numbers are from the August 26th-September 8th issue of TV GUIDE MAGAZINE.  The article is written by Stephen Battaglio and Michael Schneider.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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Unforgettable: How Will It Do?

CBS' Unforgettable, which was cancelled and later revived, returns to the airwaves over a year after its last new episode aired.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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Who Do You Think You Are: How Will It Do?

Nearly a year after NBC cancelled the series, TLC is debuting an all new season of Who Do You Think You Are?.  Will it come back strong?

Saturday, July 20, 2013
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Whose Line is it Anyway: How Will It Do?

After airing regular season finales in May, The CW has been in repeat mode.  That (finally) changes with the network premiere of Whose Line is it Anyway?.

PLUS: Perfect Score (series premiere)
Saturday, July 13, 2013
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Hollywood Game Night: How Will It Do?

The fifth new series to debut on NBC (and fourth reality series) this summer is NBC's Jane Lynch-hosted game show Hollywood Game Night.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
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Camp: How Will It Do?

NBC has yet another summer series premiere (the fourth for the network).  Will Camp finally end NBC's streak of bad luck during the rough summer season?
Monday, July 8, 2013
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The Bridge: How Will It Do?

FX is hoping to find its next critically acclaimed series that is also able to attract a large audience.  Can The Bridge live up to the challenge?
Sunday, July 7, 2013
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Get Out Alive w/ Bear Grylls: How Will It Do?

Next up on NBC's busy summer slate is Get Out Alive w/ Bear Grylls, a reality series pitting teams of two against each other for a chance to win $500,000.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
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Siberia: How Will It Do?

NBC is debuting Siberia, a new horror series that takes place during a reality series and is filmed in the way of a reality series.  Understand?  How will this somewhat unique series premiere?
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Ray Donovan: How Will It Do?

Showtime is moving its number one series, Dexter, to the summer season for the first time to give Ray Donovan a strong lead in.  Will it work?

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Under the Dome: How Will It Do?

If any show is going to gain traction on the broadcast networks this summer, it would have to be Under the Dome.  How will the premiere of the much-anticipated series perform?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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The 20 Worst Reality TV Series of All Time

If there is one category of television that is more polarizing than any other, it would have to be reality. Some absolutely love what networks have to offer, while others claim it has contributed to the downfall of (mostly broadcast) television.

Whatever your personal feeling is toward reality television (personally, I am okay with it) there have been quite a few reality series that make everyone question "what in the world are they thinking??".  Over the past few days I have gone through lists of reality television shows as far back as I could find them and picked the twenty I deemed to be the absolute worst.  This list does not focus on the ratings, but the basic synopsis of the series.  This list reflects on those that make you ask the question I talked about above.

20. Britney and Kevin: Chaotic (UPN)
A year before UPN shut down, they brought us a show about Britney Spears and her then-husband Kevin Federline.  The show was panned by critics and Entertainment Weekly went as far as to say the show would cause career suicide for Britney Spears (which we know did not happen).  The show aired five episodes, of which nearly 2 million viewers fled from the first to fifth episode.  After a five episode first season, the show was cancelled.

19. Are You Hot? (ABC)
In 2003, ABC graced us with "Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People", which as the name suggests, searched for the sexiest people in America.  The contestants were simply evaluated on their physical attractiveness and nothing else.  Yikes!  The series was cancelled after one low rated season.

18. Jon and Kate Plus 8 (TLC)
What started out as a nice family program featuring a set of sextuplets and a set of twins quickly turned into a  train wreck.  Fame went to Kate Gosselin's head and in season five, Jon and Kate decided to call it quits.  The impending divorce sent to the series to ratings highs (a whopping 10 million viewers) but afterwards people grew tired.  After two seasons of simply being Kate Plus 8, the show was cancelled due to declining ratings.

17. The Real Housewives of... (Bravo)
Perhaps Bravo should consider changing the name of their network.  What was once a network focused on the arts and drama reversed course when ratings were looking brighter elsewhere: reality.  The network struck it big with the franchise (thanks in part to ABC's Desperate Housewives) and most of the series' still run to this day.  The ratings may be big, but the show is one of the worst.

16. Kid Nation (CBS)
Kids dumped into a fictional town forced to live on their own.  From the moment it was announced, the series was under a cloud of controversy.  Many legal implications arose, such as what age the kids had to be in order to be alone and whether or not their work hours were too much.  One participants mother even filed a complaint on the show after her son was hurt.  In the end, nothing really came out of it, except for a cancellation notice after its first (and only) season wrapped up.

15. Kill Reality (E!)
Before there were the Kardashians on E!, there were the leftovers from various reality series.  Here's the most basic way I can sum it up: a horror movie (The Scorned) starred a bunch of reality "stars" who were seen in popular reality series, such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, and The Apprentice.  "Kill Reality" was a behind the scenes feature as the movie was being filmed.  The show ended after one season and with Jonny Fairplay (Survivor) defecating on another contestants bed while she slept.

14. Superstar USA (WB)
A few seasons into FOX's dominant American Idol, The WB decided to go another route: find the worst singer in America.  Contestants who could not hold a tun were told they had the best voices around, while the good singers were told they sucked and went home in tears.  Audience members were told the singers were terminally ill and that a charitable organization had made their dream come true.  The winner received $50,000 and the show was cut after one season.

13. Survival of the Richest (WB)
In the months before WB's closure, a one of a kind series hit the airwaves.  The WB took seven kids worth over $3 billion dollars and paired them with seven kids who had a combined debt of $150,000.  A kid from each side was paired up and together they had to compete in challenges to win money $200,000.  The casting only reinforced the typical stereotypes of the rich and poor in America.  Due to low ratings and an incoming network (CW) 'Survival' was cancelled after one season.

12. I Know My Kid's a Star (VH1)
The title pretty much explains this one.  A parent and their kid were in a elimination-style competition in which each week the kid was given tasks to try and advance their career.  Parents were always in fights with other parents because they believed their kid was the next big thing in Hollywood.  Here is a hint to those who were on the show: with Danny Bonaduce as host, the likelihood of making it in the business was slim to none.  As with most of the shows on the list, after one season, it was cancelled.

11. I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (ABC/NBC)
At the height of Survivor's popularity, ABC decided to tweak the concept and place a number of 'celebrities' on an island.  The show was a dud and after one season, ABC pulled the plug.  NBC attempted to give the series a second go around in 2009.  The show took a beating for contestants Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, of MTV's The Hills fame.  The ratings started strong (and faded quickly), and coupled with bad reviews and D-list celebrities, NBC pulled the plug.

10. Who's Your Daddy? (FOX)
The premise: an adult is put up for 'adoption' and placed in a room with 25 men.  The objective is for the adult put up for adoption to correctly guess which man is their biological father.  If they guessed correctly, the contestant received $100,000.  If not, the person they guessed would win the money.  No matter what the outcome of the money, the contestant was still told which man was their father (aww, how nice).  After only one episode, and numerous affiliates choosing not to air the episode, FOX decided against airing any further episodes.

9. The World According to Paris (Oxygen)
As if The Simple Life was not enough, Oxygen decided to grace us with the presence of socialite Paris Hilton once again in 2010.  The show focused on the daily life of Paris Hilton for a five month period and gave viewers a glimpse of her court-ordered community service (which she said "really sucks") as well as her birthday party that year.  The show was the lowest rated original series on Oxygen for the season, averaging a mere 290,000 viewers.

8. My Super Sweet 16 (MTV)
Spoiled rich teenagers were given the party of a lifetime, all to celebrate their sixteenth birthday.  The parties often featured popular singers, lavish gifts (one girl received a $67,000 Lexus), and expensive locations.  The new-teenagers often cried before their parties and lashed out at their parents for not getting a small detail of their party right.  If watching 'normal' teens have their sixteenth birthday was not enough, MTV gave us a glimpse of some celebrities parties, such as Chris Brown and Sean Kingston.

7. Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (FOX)
50 women from each state in the United States competed in a beauty pageant-esque competition to become the bride of a multi-millionaire, who was not shown until after the competition.  Rick Rockwell was revealed to be the multi-millionaire and chose Darva Conger to marry him.  Controversy arose when it was revealed Rick Rockwell was not his real name (it was Richard Balkey) and he had a restraining order against him for domestic violence.  The 'winner' Darva Conger was later awarded an annulment, which she had asked for shortly after the honeymoon.  22 million viewers tuned into the special in 2000 and due the controversy, FOX cancelled all future installments.

6. Keeping up with the Kardashians (E!)
Eight seasons in and the show is still a hit, but it has been at the forefront of bad reviews since its inception.  In the eight seasons its been on the air, critics and people all across America have accused E! of exposing a family who has little to no talent.  The wedding between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries was blasted for being a publicity stunt, especially since it lasted only 72 days.  E! has also given a special to the wedding of Khloe Kardashian as well as the birth of Kourtney Kardashians first son.  Has one family ever been so fame-hungry on television?

5. Jersey Shore (MTV)
Before a single episode aired, Jersey Shore was under a clout of controversy.  Italian Americans blasted the cast for claiming their were Italian and giving the group a bad name.  The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, said the show left viewers with a bad image of the Jersey Shore and its citizens.  A number of sponsors, including American Family Insurance, Dell, Domino's, pulled their ads due to the controversy.  The  controversy did little to hurt the show, as its ratings were the highest ever for MTV.  After six seasons, ratings fell to all time lows and MTV ended the series.

4. Living Lohan (E!)
You'd think a series with the name 'Lohan' in the title would at least feature the most famous of the Lohan clan (Lindsay), but that was not the case.  Instead, matriarch Dina Lohan tried to expose the world to her other daughter, Ali, and make her a music star.  Critical reception of the series was downright pitiful, with Entertainment Weekly giving the show an 'F' grade and Anderson Cooper commenting on the series by saying "I cannot believe I'm wasting a minute of my life watching these horrific people."  E! gave the series a one season run and then cancelled the show.  Dina Lohan said another network was interested in picking up the series, but that (thankfully) never happened.

3. Toddlers and Tiaras / Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)
No other show has exposed toddlers more so than Toddlers and Tiaras.  In the series, parents (mostly mothers) throw tons of makeup on their four-six year old children, give them big hairdos, and outrageous clothing and then enter them in beauty pageants.  Each episode focuses on different toddlers across the country participating in these pageants.  If the show has taught viewers anything, its that there is an abundant amount of parents who are willing to do anything to make their toddler famous.  The show's most famous alumni is Alana Thompson, who now stars in the equally bad, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  Both shows are still on the air, although Honey Boo Boo is more popular than its parent series.

2. The Swan (FOX)
FOX has been the leader of terrible reality programming on the broadcast networks, but The Swan takes the cake for bad FOX programming.  The contestants on the series were given a coach, therapist, trainer, cosmetic surgeon, and dentist, who together designed to give the contestant a total transformation.  Each week two contestants were featured and one of them was selected to move onto a beauty pageant, which was held at the end of the season.  The serious was obviously one of the most controversial of all time.  Reviewers pounced on the show for passing a message along that you need to be given extreme makeovers to be beautiful and that the women were truly ugly beforehand.  Lorrie Arias, a former contestant on the show, said she was left with unresolved surgery complications and mental health problems due to the show.  For whatever reason, the show ran for two seasons after rapidly declining ratings.

1. Bridalplasty (E!)
I went back and forth on who should be number one and in the end, Bridalplasty earned the title of the "Worst Reality Television Series of All Time".  The series was very similar to The Swan, but put a twist on the premise and took it one step further (at least in my opinion it did).  The show followed 12 engaged or married women who were competing for the wedding of their dreams, as well as their dream plastic surgery surgery.  The winner of the challenge for the week was able to get one of their plastic surgery procedures completed from their wishlist.  The winner of Bridalplasty received their wedding as well as every plastic surgery procedure on their wishlist.  The husband of the winner did not get to see his fiancee until the day of the wedding.  By that point, was the woman even what he originally wanted in a woman?  Reviews were, as expected, awful.  The score on Metacritic is a awful 21 from critics and a 1.3 for viewers (and would most likely be a 0 if not for one review of a 10).  After one season in 2010, E! cancelled the series due to historically low ratings.  At least America knows when a reality show is downright horrible.

Do you agree with my list?  Are there any on the list that do not deserve to be there?  Did I leave one, or a few, off of the list?  Add your opinions below!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
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Update for My Readers!

Why the lack of posts?  I'll explain below!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Best and Worst of the 2013 Upfronts

The best and worst of this years broadcast network upfronts.  Which moves do you like the best and which did you find head-scratching   Read my thoughts and then post your own .
Sunday, May 19, 2013
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CW Trailers

The CW's trailers are below .

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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CW's Fall 2013 Schedule

The CW's fall 2013 schedule is below .

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CBS Trailers

The CBS trailers are below .

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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CBS' Fall 2013 Schedule

CBS' fall 2013 schedule is below .

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ABC Trailers

ABC's trailers are below .

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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ABC's 2013 Fall Schedule

It's a new day, which means we have another new fall schedule.  To see ABC's all new lineup for fall 2013, simply click on their logo on the left.

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How'd I Do?

Back in August, I made predictions on which returning comedies and dramas would return for next season.  This post will look at my guesses and how I did .

Monday, May 13, 2013
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FOX Trailers

FOX trailers are below .

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NBC Trailers

All of NBC's fall trailers are now here!  Watch them below and let me know what you think .

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FOX's 2013 Fall Schedule

Earlier today FOX announced their new schedule, so lets take a look .

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NBC's 2013 Fall Schedule

NBC's 2013 fall schedule was presented shortly after 5 o'clock.  To take a look, click on the image .

Sunday, May 12, 2013
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