CW Importing UK Reality TV For Summer?

cw logo 2This news is the kind that’ll send American TV producers to suicide hotlines. I’ve just learned that The CW is seriously considering picking up 2 UK reality shows and retransmissioning them this summer. That’s right: not remaking them, but retransmissioning them. Needless to say, every UK TV channel,¬†company, and producer¬†is panting to get the gig.

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  • It’s too bad they can’t just get the rights to retransmit some British dramas. I know Merlin wasn’t the biggest hit for NBC, but this is The CW we’re talking about, and to see Doctor Who or Torchwood in primetime – or even the UK version of Being Human – would be fantastic.

    After all, aren’t Warner Bros. and BBC allied somehow with DVD distribution? Might be worth looking into. Especially with BBC Worldwide still seeming interested in Torchwood redux for the U.S… it’d be a good testing ground.

    Comment by Craig — Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 9:56pm PDT  
  • Really starting to wonder again about the viability of the CW. I think they just started to make money (someone correct me if I am wrong) and now perhaps since their ratings are so drastically down they are not again? This just seems like another cost saving measure – though a pretty drastic one.

    Comment by TV101 — Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 10:41pm PDT  
    • Channel loses over $100MM a year. They say they recoup on after market sales, but it’s been the carry-over WB/UPN programming that’s been driving that train. Other than GOSSIP GIRL, no CW produced product has lasted long enough to make it to after market. As stated, this is a savings based decision.

      Comment by Paw — Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 2:15pm PDT  
  • So I’m guessing the programs will center on rich, spoiled, Caucasian teenagers from the UK.. That would be some bloody cup of tea.

    Comment by Really? — Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 10:45pm PDT  
    • They do have a few of those in the UK, but the kids get their comeuppance, usually sent off to Africa or India to see what their spending does to the ecomomies of the areas.

      Better than the ass-kissing CW is doing with that Tinsley Mortimer thing.

      Comment by Joe Bua — Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 1:35pm PDT  
  • Why not give it a try? It’s better to recycle than to make garbage.

    Comment by John — Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 12:37am PDT  
  • What is meant by “retransmissioning”?

    Comment by Brian — Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 4:08am PDT  
  • Wow, that sounds like a programming decision only a finance executive could love.

    Comment by Z-Dog — Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 5:24am PDT  
  • Is this why the CW is such a runaway succcess? This kind of “innovative” thinking is a death knell.

    Comment by Jake Gittes — Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 7:53am PDT  
  • Turnabout is fair play – since BBC America essentially did the same thing by showing Season 2 of the US version of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2008!

    This year they are expanding into the non-reality branch by showing Season 3 of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    Comment by Znachki — Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 8:47am PDT  
  • they could air “Paris Hiltons British Best Friend”

    Comment by Anonymous — Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 9:14am PDT  
  • Is this an indictment of Justin and what’s her name?

    Jesus. Clean up in aisle 2.

    Comment by I mean... — Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 9:29am PDT  
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