Writers' Strike Deals Strong Dose of Reality

If no deal comes soon, expect more dancing, survivors, idols on TV
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2007 2:46 PM CST
The WGA strike has boosted job security for reality TV hosts like Jeff Probst.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Reality will likely strike primetime TV with a vengeance if stalled talks between screen scribes and networks don't kick into gear, the New York Times reports. With most popular dramas on hiatus for lack of scripts, reality shows are about to explode onto the airwaves—and they may well stick around.

CBS will be doubling its reality slate starting in January, a move that chief exec Leslie Moonves expects will cause a small dip in ratings but a sharp drop in costs. ABC may be launching two more dancing shows, and NBC will be dusting off the "American Gladiators" Atlaspheres. Overall, reality programming is expected to jump by about 50% to 27 hours per week.