Reality Sets In on Fall TV Season

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If you thought reality TV couldn't get more real, think again. As the fall season starts up, there will be nearly 20 reality shows on the airwaves. NBC kicked off its season last night, but its new Thursday night lineup doesn't look anything like it did in the powerhouse days of must-see TV sitcoms like Friends. Last night's headliner was The Apprentice. What's happening with television? Is network TV's shift away from sitcoms a matter of economics or demographics? What impact are younger viewers having on programming? Why is cable the home for cutting edge comedy and provocative drama? Guest host Sara Terry speaks with journalists, media experts, and writers and producers for network and cable television.
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Guest host Sara Terry is an award-winning writer and photographer, who has written for the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, Fast Company, Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe. Her current photo-documentary project is Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace. Among the new reality shows discussed in this segment, the following most aroused the curiosity of our guests:
The Wire on HBO
Lost on ABC
The Rebel Billionaire on FOX
Rescue Me on FX

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