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CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« on: May 22, 2004, 07:23:04 PM »
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CBS contemplating holding 'The Amazing Race 5' until September 2004 to cut costs

 By Wade Paulsen, 05/21/2004

Looks like CBS may be coming around to our opinion after all. Took them long enough.

 
 
As part of CBS's "upfront" presentation to advertisers this week, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves announced that the Emmy-winning The Amazing Race series would return to CBS's regular fall lineup, on Saturday nights at 9 PM ET/PT. However, Moonves also said that the Eye Network might decide to hold The Amazing Race 6 for spring, not fall ... and air The Amazing Race 5 in the fall time slot, thus shelving the already-announced plan to begin airing The Amazing Race 5 on July 6.

Since The Amazing Race 4, the first series of the show to air during the summer, received mediocre ratings that left the series on the brink of cancellation, we admit to being a little surprised that The Amazing Race 5 will return to the regular season, where it had dismal ratings, without any build-up over the summer. However, according to Moonves, the shift isn't motivated by the show's quality or its likelihood of ratings success --- instead, it's purely a cost-savings measure.
 

Basically, CBS -- the only network which failed to introduce even ONE new reality program in its fall schedule (in fact, there were only five new shows, period) -- has concluded that it was being "dumb" (Moonves' word) to continue to air original scripted shows on Saturday nights. Why? Because scripted dramas (like Hack or The District) are significantly more expensive to make than unscripted shows -- and, anyway, CBS was placing fourth with the scripted shows.

We wonder if Moonves hopes that The Amazing Race, with its combination of colorful locales and competing/feuding couples, will become this decade's successor to the definitive Saturday night hits of the 1970s: ABC's The Love Boat (couples) and Fantasy Island (exotic locales).

We also note that, with the return of The Amazing Race to the prime-time schedule, Race executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer will have six shows in prime-time for CBS next season: three versions of CSI, Without a Trace, Cold Case and two series of Race -- five dramas and a reality show. We happen to know of another reality-TV producer who will have six shows in prime-time on the networks next season: Mark Burnett, who will have two series of Survivor on CBS, two series of The Apprentice and one series of The Contender on NBC, and three shows -- a new reality show, the scripted comedy Commando Nanny and the scripted drama Global Frequency -- on The WB: four reality shows, one comedy and one drama (and that doesn't count the upcoming The Casino which will air this summer on Fox).

It's also worth noting that as part of CBS's desire to cut costs on Saturday night, it has designated the 10 PM ET/PT slot as "Crime Time Saturday", which will feature repeats of Bruckheimer's CSI, Cold Case, and Without a Trace series. We hope that the two new series of The Amazing Race will at least do well enough in the ratings to outdraw the reruns that follow it....





http://www.realitytvworld.com/index/articles/story.php?s=2439


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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2004, 07:30:52 PM »
Well, I guess, that means I won't have to watch TV this summer. LOL What a bummer I was really looking forward to TAR 5. You didn't complain to CBS and make them change the start date, did you Puddin? Smells of your handy work. ;D ;D ;D

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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2004, 07:34:24 PM »
?:) ?:) ?:) ?:)
I'm getting use to it .. ;)

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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2004, 07:47:53 PM »
OUCH! That hurt. LOL
You know what would be neat.  Race car drivers doing the TAR. LOL now that would be cool.   :;>) :;>) :;>) :;>) :;>)
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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2004, 09:47:25 PM »
Oh no, Snickers. I don't wanna hear no more about race cars. Hehehehe! Just kidding.

I was looking forward to TAR 5 this summer, darn it. But maybe it would do better on Saturdays during the fall? As far as I am concerned, there is nothing on Saturday nights to watch anyway. It is a dead television viewing night for me.



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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2004, 10:40:30 PM »
Gosh, I was really surprised & disappointed TAR5 is postponed until Fall!! :( >:( But at least we have bb5. ;D

Summer is a busy time w/ vacations etc...so maybe that's the reason for TAR4's low ratings last summer, ???

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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2004, 08:28:04 AM »
I am so disappointed in the pushback of TAR.  I was really looking forward to it since I know one of the couples.

So is this definite or is it just something they are talking about doing?

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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2004, 09:10:15 AM »
I'll keep you all updated when I find some new news ..

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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2004, 10:54:03 AM »
Tks Puddin!

Dang, sure wish CBS would reconsider airing TAR this summer since they already advertised it and got everyone's hopes built up!!!!!!!!!!! geeeeee. Give us a break! ::) puhleezz!! Maybe we should all write to CBS and voice our disappointment!! Maybe a lot of fans have already done that? ?:)

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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2004, 01:27:01 PM »
Darn...I was all set to watch this one all the way through the season.  I will have to tape it if I watch in the fall. I will never see it on Saturdays.  ???


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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2004, 09:45:09 AM »
I dont like the Saturday time slot in the fall.  I will always have to tape it too, and that is such a pain because I always somehow forget!

I will just hope for the summer!

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Re: CBS contemplating holding 'TAR 5'
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2004, 01:30:44 PM »
Etc.: CBS will air a two-hour live concert special featuring Madonna. The special will showcase her greatest hits as part of her "Revinvention" tour. Also on CBS's specials lineup is a "Dallas" reunion special and a "One Day at a Time" reunion special. Both are slated for the 2004-05 season. "Amazing Race's" fifth edition is scheduled to air this summer, but Mr. Moonves said the network is still debating whether that will air in the summer with a sixth edition in the fall or whether it will hold the fifth edition until fall. "Everybody Loves Raymond" returns to anchor Monday nights but will air only 16 episodes. Mr. Moonves said CBS is still working out how to fill the time slot when an original episode isn't available. That could include a few 90-minute editions of "CSI: Miami," "Raymond" clip shows, a midseason show or twisting "Raymond" producers' arms to do an extra "Raymond" or two, he said.

http://www.tvweek.com/special/052404skeds.html


 

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