Posts tagged America’s Next Top Model
Hmm, did the makers of America’s Next Top Model start reading Remote Patrolled recently?
Ha ha – of course not – but if they’d taken a read of my last Top Model posting way back in 2010 they’d have seen me calling for a Boys vs Girls season as a way to freshen up the franchise. And guess what – now they’ve just done just that. And Top Model is hot again.
Sure the show’s best ratings days are probably still behind it, but the premiere of Top Model 2.0 recently pulled in a very decent 1.55 million viewers and a 0.6 18-49 share, the show’s highest rating premiere and the CW’s biggest Friday in 2 years. Fierce.
Okay so the Guys vs Girls idea is long overdue and isn’t exactly rocker science but kudos to Top Model for finally shaking things up. The veteran Tyra Banks show, now in its 20th cycle, suddenly feels fresh again. Adding some testosterone to the mix has worked wonders.
Week after week, when I write my regular Ratings Roundup column, certain trends always prevail.
Jersey Shore, American Idol and Modern Family always seem to be hitting highs. Ditto History and Tru TV. Meanwhile NBC and Vh1 continue to slip further with a seemingly non-stop series of flop shows.
But one network more than any other makes me roll my eyes and question its very existence. That network – The CW.
This week sees the finale episode of the latest Top Model cycle – season 14 no less!
For The CW, American’s Next Top Model is still the golden goose, almost doubling the viewership of such hyped series as Gossip Girl, 90210 and of course the misguided Melrose Place revamp. And for any show to reach a 14th season is a pretty astounding achievement that should be applauded (although technically Top Model’s cycles aren’t really full seasons, since they only run for 12 weeks). The show has already been re-commissioned for a 15th and 16th run – so Tyra and her team won’t be going anywhere soon. Expect plenty more ‘fierceness’ in the years ahead.
Yesterday I received an email from a complete stranger who was looking to partner up on some potential show ideas. I’d never met or heard of the guy before but his email proudly touted his credentials as creator of a recent ABC series (in a spirit of fairness I won’t mention his or the show’s name) and stated that he had hundreds of show ideas ready to pitch that were going to make anyone who worked with him rich.
Now as you know from my Pitch Imperfect piece – comments like these always raise a red flag for me. But I did a quick check and sure enough he didn’t have a credit on the show, received no mention at all on the Wikipedia show page and didn’t have a single credit to his name on IMDB. In short – he’s another credit-grabber in an industry overflowing with them. It’s one of my pet peeves!
The credit that most infuriates me is the lofty title of Executive Producer. For perhaps obvious reasons it’s the credit everyone aspires too (you don’t see many people puffing up their Assistant Producer credits) and there’s something a little bit wooly about the title anyway. A show only More >