Fox Reality Channel bites it: Have we reached our reality show limit?

househusbands-hollywood_lWith homelessness already on the rise in the U.S., yesterday we got another bit of bad news: Fox Reality Channel is officially closing its doors in March, leaving scores of trash TV series and their aspiring “stars” without a place to rest their heads. Where will the tired (Punk’d), the weak (Househusbands of Hollywood, pictured), and the weary (Rob & Amber: Against the Odds) of reality TV go now?  (Paradise Hotel, you can crash at my place anytime.)

But even more importantly, could this signify some kind of saturation point for reality TV? Did Fox Reality Channel falter because Americans have finally had their fill of watching other Americans humiliate themselves in ever weirder ways?

Sadly, my guess is no. I think the channel failed because reality TV shows — like McDonald’s apple pies — are only delicious when served hot. (And, good god, are they ever delicious like that.) A stale series just feels pointless and passé. That’s why these shows generally have trouble finding syndication on other channels: nobody wants to watch yesterday’s reality.

What about you PopWatchers? Will you mourn the loss of Fox Reality Channel? Or are you too busy watching new shows to care?

Photo Credit: Carin Baer/Fox Reality Channel


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  • Owen

    Well, the only thing I’ll miss is one or two of the American Idol satellite shows that Fox Reality would broadcast. They always had a camera up on the stage as the judges and other contestants were consoling that week’s loser. Great Idol TV!

  • Pete

    I know about the only show I ever watched on there was Solitary, and it was crazy to see those people on there!

  • Jenn

    I didn’t even know this channel existed.

    • Chris

      You beat me to it.

  • k

    The channel was programmed horribly and their selection of shows were terrible. There would be room for a reality channel, I think, but they’d have to run the heavy hitters on a regular basis. Endless reruns of LAPD: Life On The Street won’t cut it.

  • Bill

    A Reality Channel VP once told all Fox employees via webconference that they shouldn’t be frustrated by not being able to climb the corporate ladder. After all, he’d been VP for five whole years. I hope that guy’s out on his ass and never works again. Jerk.

    • Rick

      Are you sad about this? Fox is terrible

  • Jen

    Darn, I catch up on Hell’s Kitchen on FRC.

  • Joe R

    The only truly great show on this channel is “The Academy,” which is supposedly starting Season 3 on October 24. But for the rest, it’s true – it was programmed horribly and didn’t really capitalize on retread reality. This channel could have been great.

  • redkal

    Thank God. Maybe regular networks will follow suit and we can finally go back to real television. Sadly, I’m afraid too much damage has already been done.

  • michelle

    Oversaturation on the reality shows already!

  • Valerie

    I’m happy to see this. I never have watched any “reality” shows, never, not once. I think the whole idea is too stupid to put ordinary, untalented people on t.v. while we are supposed to be like peeping toms? It’s like eavesdropping on some strangers conversation on the phone. If you don’t know the people and they aren’t any more interesting than anyone else, WHAT IS THE POINT?? So happy to see “Jon and Kate” going away. All they did was artificially produce a bunch of children and this somehow gives them celebrity status?? Glad to see that America is finally getting fed up with this nonsense.

  • christa

    I cannot wait until all of these so called Reality Shows are over. The only ones I watch is DWTS and American Idol. And the thing is, all of these so called Reality show contestants want their own show or participate in a show. I do not understand it. Go away and give real actor’s and actresses a chance.

  • Dee

    I actually liked Househusbands of Hollywood but watched it On Demand because I’m never home on a Saturday night. I think the program schedule is what killed them.

  • Liza5326

    One less channel polluting the airwaves! Heres to hoping this is the start of the cleansing of tv! No more reality shows! Bring back the quality, well-written, scripted shows!!

  • jack hart

    good riddance

  • wg

    Since the ‘best’ of reality is constantly marathon re-run on its own channels (from VH1 to Bravo to Oxygen to HGTV), a secondary home for the leftovers just seems redundant.

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