NBC Falls to Fifth Place in Crucial Ratings Sweeps for First Time;
funny and informative song about this general phenomenon, of 2-3 different "reality" show for each different niche interest.
Because if you watch "Ace of Cakes," why not also "Cake Boss"?
The cheaper something is to make, the more likely it is to be knocked off. This is true everywhere, but being a geek I do know that the Knock Off problem was rampant in comic books -- a cheap form of entertainment to produce. Of course it's rife in TV and in movies, too.
But the reason I mention cheapness is that as it gets easier to produce a TV show -- technologically, good digital cameras can now be had for $1500 or so, and that's new and not used, and everyone now can have their own digitally editing bay for $1500 as well -- and easier to distribute them through cheap methods (now garbage-channel cable, and more and more, the internet), we'll see even more of this sort of very specific niche targeting.
I mean, if you want to do a reality TV show, all you need is a crew of 12 and some cameras and some mics. And of course you have to rent out that one house in LA that all the cheapie-beepie reality shows seem to film at for ten days. Knock off another show, or come up with your own slight variation of a hundred other micro-target shows -- a reality show about baseball card collecting for adults, where each contestant has his own mock baseball card and keeps it in his pocket, until he's evicted, at which point is card is ripped and marked "in poor condition"! -- and you're in the TV business, Jack.
Hell, I might produce a Dungeons & Dragons elimination reality show. What the hell. Why not. Someone would watch it.
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