Posts tagged Money Hungry
So recently I took a look at Thintervention, Bravo’s new weight loss show, anchored by lesbian gym owner Jackie Warner.
In typical Bravo fashion it was a very polished and well-produced show – full of upscale contestants with strong personalities, tightly edited and with some nice touches (I liked how Jackie would literally turn up on contestants’ doorsteps at just the worst moments)
But as much as I liked the show I can’t help but shake the feeling that weight loss as a whole is a really played out genre on TV today. And it seems I’m not alone. Lifetime’s Diet Tribe and Oxygen’s Dance Your Ass Off both collapsed in the ratings from series 1 to 2, Losing It With Jillian could only scrape together 3-4 million an episode in its summer slot on NBC, and over on Vh1, Money Hungry has the dubious distinction of being one of the lowest rated shows of the year – just 225,000 viewers tuned in for the show’s last installment!
Summer is almost over so it’s time to put away those BBQ sets and beach towels for another year. But before we settle down for the Fall TV Season – here’s 15 Lessons We Learned From Summer 2010…
Networks Execs take note!
1) Scripted Network Dramas Are Dead: Witness NBC’s Persons Unknown (aka Persons Unwatched), ABC’s Happy Town and the Sunday night snoozers The Gates and Scoundrels. All four struggled to attract more than 3 million viewers a week and barely made it through their runs. And the only real scripted ‘hit’ of the summer, ABC’s Rookie Blue, was a middling 5 million rated cop show.
2) …But Scripted Cable Shows Are Hot: Where to begin – Rizzoli and Isles, Covert Affairs, The Closer, Haven, Melissa and Joey, Hot In Cleveland… this summer audiences switched over to cable big time, a cultural shift that will only continue in years to come… fact is viewers are loyal to shows NOT networks. If you want an audience now you have to work for it!
3) Weight Loss Shows Are On The Way Out: The Biggest Loser is still a hefty hit but too many copycat formats failed this summer… Dance Your Ass Off was down year to year, Vh1’s Money Hungry was an outright bomb More >
Looks like Vh1 is going back to basics again – with their twisted new weight loss show Money Hungry.
Yep, after a few months of more serious fare including The OCD Project (of which I was a big fan) and Dad Camp, Vh1 is returning to the sensationalism that served it so well in the Flavor Of Love / I Love New York days…
The premise is simple – 10 couples compete to win $100,000 by losing the most weight. The twist – each of the couples has paid $10,000 for the ‘privilege’ of being part of the show – and the winning team scoops the pot (take a listen to the trailer though which mentions ’12 teams’ – hmm did someone abscond with the two extra teams’ 20k!)
Obviously the show is going to be compared to The Biggest Loser – but judging by the design of the ‘house’, the contestants’ personalities and the general tone of the show it’s clearly in the Vh1 vein and more akin to shows like Rock of Love (which shares the same producers)
Hosting the whole enterprise is Dan Cortese – the former MTV host who’s had a somewhat erratic – but certainly interesting – career! Still after back to back flops My Dad Is More >