Unreal – Why “Reality” TV Can’t Last

Can the “reality TV” sensation survive? “Simple economics dictates the phenomenon will run its course. TV executives, apparently forgetting the law of supply and demand (not to mention the flameout of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’), have scheduled a record 42 new ‘unscripted dramas’ to bow before September. Nor can they afford to feed the phenomenon long-term: Studios make their real money in syndication fees, and no one wants to watch reality reruns.”