Reality TV Get Real in 2004?
Angeles continues to pump out TV pilots, just so a
dozen might actually get a run.
types, and even the odd punter, come up with hundreds
of ideas, just to see 70 pilots produced. The culling
process sees a dozen get stay alive. Then the battle
emerges as to what get shows on what station and what
previous years there are a couple of real quality
Reality TV programs, that both discerning producers
and customers will eat up.
most hyped show of the year, the US version of the
UK hit Coupling, has been canceled already, along
with a remake of Tarzan, headlined by Australian underwear
model Travis Fimmel. Jerry Bruckhemier's porn industry
drama, Skin was canned after only two episodes, along
with David E. Kelley's Brotherhood of Poland, New
Hampshire. Rob Lowe's new series, The Lyon's Den,
hasn't been axed yet, but few expect it to survive
Profiles of new Reality TV programs
The Simple Life (Channel Seven)
heiresses Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie move into
a farm house and try to survive in the real world.
Tabloid postergirl Hilton.
verdict What's this doing on TV? Hilton's now the
star of a home-made sex video. You read about it in
your spam box, and it's doing the rounds.
Cold Case (Channel Nine)
used by police cases, and trying to get it right the
second time around.
Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer with the Midas touch.
pitch: CSI meets Cold Squad.
has real potential
Arrested Development (Channel Seven)
dad (Jason Bateman) takes control of his well to do,
eccentric family after his father is locked up for
cooking the books.
Former teen idol Bateman plus Ally McBeal's Portia
pitch: Malcolm in the Middle comes to mind.
Could be too much of a thinkers show for real success.
Las Vegas (Channel Seven)
Caan as a street tough former CIA agent who runs a
security and surveillance firm in Las Vegas.
Caan, plus writer/producers Gary Scott Thompson (The
Fast and the Furious) and Gardner Stern (The Practice).
pitch: Vegas for the new generation.
to be Seven's strongest bet for 2004.
Navy NCIS (Channel Ten)
lawyers go about doing their case work. Headlined
by Mark Harmon and David McCallum.
Harmon (St Elsewhere; Chicago Hope) and McCallum (The
Man from U.N.C.L.E.) plus the Donald Bellisario's
factor (JAG series).
pitch: JAG meets Law and Order.
interesting cast. Could he bit or miss.
Jake 2.0 (Channel Ten)
geek (Christopher Gorham) at the National Security
Agency survives an accident in a lab, but comes out
with super strength and sensory perception.
The visual effects and the script give it legs.
pitch: Techno Teenagers will love this.
to be a winner.
Tru Calling (Channel Seven)
worker (Eliza Dushku) discovers she can relive the
same day and uses her powers to save lives.
Dushku, known and loved by Buffy fans; Phil Noyce
directed the pilot. We thought Phil was with Hi't!
pitch: Early Edition meets Groundhog Day.
success of this is anyone's guess.
Joan of Arcadia (Channel Nine)
teenage girl (Amber Tamblyn) has conversations with
Producer Barbara Hall, who created Judging Amy.
pitch: Touched by an Angel meets Buffy.
be the hit of the pack. Tamblyn is great, the concept
is inventive and the program is engaging.
Miss Match (Channel)
lawyer (Alicia Silverstone) spends her evenings playing
Silverstone and Ryan O'Neal, with executive producer,
Darren Star (Sex and the City).
pitch: Straight up by day, naughty and adventurous
be too out of touch with reality.
Hope & Faith (Channel Seven)
star (Kelly Ripa) is dumped from her daytime TV show
and moves in with her suburban family.
Ford (Murphy Brown) plus creator/producer Joanna Johnson,
who started as The Bold and the Beautiful's late Caroline
pitch: Kate and Allie come to mind.
have seen it before.
10-8 (Channel Ten)
kid (Danny Nucci) joins the LA Sheriff's Department
and doesn't get along with his tough training officer
Titanic bit player Nucci and producer Aaron Spelling.
pitch: Anyone remember Chips?
could be huge.
The Handler (Channel Ten)
agent Joe Renato (Joe Pantoliano) trains rookies who
do undercover work in Los Angels.
Pantoliano, well-known character actor and Sopranos
pitch: Mission Impossible in smart ass fashion.
to attract a cult-plus following.