Best and Worst of the 2014 Upfronts

Now that all five broadcast networks have revealed their schedules for next season, its time to pick the best and worst decisions.  I’ve gone through the schedules and found what I believe are the three best and three worst decisions.

Best and Worst of the 2013 UpfrontsCriminal Minds and Stalker duo on Wednesday
The Criminal Minds Stalker combination is one of the better decisions made by the networks this week.  The two appear to be the perfect duo on paper; both are dark, procedural crime dramas.  In addition, Criminal Minds is still one of the top lead ins on CBS, with most episodes doing between a 2.3 and 2.6 demo and over 10 million viewers.  CBS also has the perfect opportunity to take control of the weak 10 o’clock drama competition of Chicago PD and Nashville.  If Stalker can’t survive in this timeslot, I don’t think it would be able to survive anywhere else on the schedule.

Best and Worst of the 2013 UpfrontsTuesday 8 o’clock comedy block on ABC
ABC decided to abandon their 9 o’clock comedy block after two seasons in favor of starting one at 8.  Yet again they will program two freshman comedies, this time going with horribly-titled Selfie, and bland Manhattan Love Story.  In my opinion, no two trailers were more irritating than these ones.  With the move, many are already predicting one of the two comedies (or both) will be the first cancellation(s) of the season.  There is no strong lead-in, there are no big names in either series, and as I already said, both look irritating.  ABC has had trouble on Tuesdays in the past, and with these two that bad luck will only continue.

Best and Worst of the Week (2/3)ABC’s lineup on Thursday
There is little downside to the big move ABC went with on Thursday nights.  Moving Grey’s Anatomy to 8 o’clock solves their problem they’ve had with the timeslot for a long (very long) time.  If the show loses some steam, it will still be a vast improvement over any series they’ve tried in the lead off spot.  Buzzy Scandal inherits the 9pm hour, where competition will be much tougher than it was at 10, but still, Scandal should have little problem with it (at least until The Blacklist arrives).  ABC will round out the night with How to Get Away with Murder, also from Shonda Rhimes.  It sounds like the perfect lineup (similar to Criminal Minds and Stalker) that could give ABC a very strong night in the fall.

Best and Worst of the Week (1/27)The Millers remains behind The Big Bang Theory
CBS seems stubborn on making The Millers work to try and sell it into syndication.  It seems like a solid plan, but unless changes are made to the writing staff, it will never happen (at least for a deal in the range of The Big Bang Theory, or even 2 Broke Girls).  CBS had the perfect opportunity to program a new comedy (The McCarthys anyone?) behind the number one comedy in all of television.  Instead, they will waste the lead in of The Big Bang Theory yet again on dud The Millers.  Already below a 2.0 demo this season, do not be surprised if The Millers falls even further in the new season.  Hopefully CBS reverses course at midseason and brings in Matthew Perry led The Odd Couple.

Best and Worst of the Week (2/3)NBC gives State of Affairs the lead in of The Voice
If NBC has done anything well over the past few seasons, its trying to find a hit series behind The Voice.  Unlike ABC with Dancing with the Stars and Castle, NBC gives a series one year to prove itself, and then either cancels it or moves it to a new timeslot.  The Blacklist has proven it can perform well without the lead in of The Voice, so it gave NBC enough confidence to make a big move next season (Blacklist to Thursdays at 9 – effective in February).  Now NBC can use The Voice launch pad for new drama State of Affairs.  It seems very similar to The Blacklist, and with a solid cast, State of Affairs should get some traction early on.  It may not work without The Voice, but for now, the move makes sense and it gets ample opportunity to find an audience.  I really like the fact NBC is trying to find new hits, and this drama does look good!

Best and Worst of the Week (1/27)FOX Tuesday Lineup
I wanted to put the entire FOX fall lineup here, but I ultimately picked their worst one: the Tuesday lineup.  Utopia is an unproven show that FOX seems to think will be the next big thing – and I’m not buying it.  I don’t see people wanting to invest an entire year of their time for a reality series that is essentially Survivor, especially on two nights of the week (Utopia will also air on Fridays at 9).  Following Utopia is the low-rated comedy block.  New Girl somehow found a way to fall even further than the previous season, crashing down to as low as a 1.0 demo.  Even The Mindy Project was able to out-deliver New Girl near the end of this season.  Neither comedy is likely to grow this season, nor are there any signs the bleeding has stopped, basically making this a throw away night for the network.

Honorable mention:
Wednesday comedy block on ABC
ABC finally figured out that the best route on the night is four family comedies: The Middle, sophomore The GoldbergsModern Family, and freshman Black-ish.  If Black-ish fails to catch on, ABC has equally compatible Fresh off the Boat waiting to air.  This is probably the strongest the lineup has been since it launched in 2009.

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The 10 Worst New Cable Shows of 2013

In part two of the “worst new show of 2013” feature we take a look at shows on cable.  Unsurprisingly, most of the list consists of reality series’, but number one is scripted. Who takes the top spot?  Check out my list to find out !

10.  Talk about milking a show for all its worth.  A year after the conclusion of Jersey Shore, MTV graced us with yet another spinoff, this time The Show with Vinny.  Unlike the other shows in the franchise, ‘Vinny’ was a talk show.  Entertainment Weekly said it was the best of the spinoffs, although they used the term very loosely.  Despite a solid start following the MTV Movie Awards (1.85 million), the official premiere nabbed only 1.19 million viewers.  By the time the finale rolled around, a mere 25% of the viewers stuck around (470,000 viewers).  Let’s hope this is officially the end of the Jersey Shore franchise (with the exception of still-running Snooki and JWoww).

9.  The number nine spot on the list goes to yet another talk show: The Jenny McCarthy Show.  From the beginning it seemed as if there was no clear direction on where the show was headed.  Numerous aspects were tested, none of which stuck with viewers.  The biggest “grab” for viewers was that the show would be a party.  On a Friday night, however, would viewers really want to watch a party instead of attending one?  That question was answered when The Jenny McCarthy Show premiere scored a terrible 200,000 viewers and fell as low as 120,000 viewers in May 2013.  Reviews were mostly negative with The A.V. Club calling the show “unfunny, pointless, and kind of offensive.”  Even with the abysmal numbers, Jenny was offered a co-host seat on The View, effectively cancelling her VH1 series.

8.  E! is known for putting some bad shows on television, so it should come as no surprise to see one of their shows on the list (with another below).  Hoping to strike it big with a popular band, E! debuted a new series focusing on The Wanted, appropriately titled, The Wanted Life.  Though widely popular, viewers were not interested in a series following the everyday life of the band.  Even with the lead in of Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Wanted Life debuted to only 600,000 viewers, holding a tiny 20% of the Kardashian audience.  The show held onto that audience for most of the season, but still it is not hard to lose 600,000 viewers.  After seven episodes, the show silently left the airwaves.  E! has never officially cancelled the series, but it will likely never see the light of day again.

7.  Hoping to duplicate the success of Dance Moms, Lifetime ordered Pretty Wicked Moms.  The series followed the lives of six mothers, who were, go figure, considered wicked.  Critics instantly slammed the series, with Hitfix saying “Somehow you’ve found women more vile, more petulant, and possibly more dumber than most women in The Real Housewives franchise.”  The A.V. Club gave Pretty Wicked Moms an ‘F’ grade, saying it “makes the entire gender a dispiriting, hateful laughingstock.”  Viewers agreed with the critics, and a mere 800,000 tuned into the debut in June 2013.  Ratings continued to fall, with the series slumping to 440,000 viewers for the July 9th airing.  Lifetime has never officially cancelled the series, but it can be assumed Pretty Wicked Moms will never grace our television screens again.

6.  In July 2013, ABC Family debuted new docudrama, Te Vineyard, which followed eleven young adults in Martha’s Vineyard.  Call it a rip-off of The Hills, or Jersey Shore, or The Real World.  Whatever you want to call The Vineyard, it was still horrible.  The New York Daily News called the show generic, and The Boston Globe was shocked ABC Family was able to find characters who were so fake.  Similar to most reality series on the network, The Vineyard was a bust.  The debut episode notched 730,000 viewers, an okay performance, but that would be its best performance of the series.  By episode three, only 410,000 viewers were left and when the finale aired five weeks later, a tiny 420,000 viewers tuned in.

5.  ABC Family’s second entry on the list is another reality bomb: Spell-Mageddon.  The show featured contestants trying to spell fairly easy words while being put through different obstacles.  The Los Angeles Times said Spell-Mageddon “doesn’t look fun at all” and that the distractions endured by the contestants were “more annoying than compelling.”  The premiere episode bombed with a mere 333,000 viewers and 0.1 A18-49, and that was the third highest rating for the show.  Things got ugly for the airing on August 28th, when a measly 190,000 viewers tuned in.  After eight episodes, Spell-Mageddon left the airwaves.

4.  MSNBC has been in the shadows of Fox News for years.  The network thought they could get a spark in ratings with a non-news personality: Alec Baldwin.  On Friday nights, they debuted his new late-night talk show, Up Late with Alec Baldwin.  The new show gained little interest for the network, although it was a slight improvement over the previous timeslot occupant (654,000 viewers,  up 53% / 172,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo, down 7%).  By episode five, the show shed a majority of its audience, slipping to 395,000 viewers.  Up Late with Alec Baldwin also had trouble booking guests, with the majority of the guests coming from MSNBC.  In mid-November, Alec Baldwin was suspended for two weeks after using an anti-gay slur.  Less than two weeks after the suspension, MSNBC fired Alec Baldwin, and cancelled Up Late with Alec Baldwin.

3.  E! thought they struck gold with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte signing on to a new series, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?.  The docu-series followed the Olympian preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics, as well as his personal life.  Reviews were harsh.  The New York Daily News gave the show 1 out of 5 stars, saying “one can only wonder how it will be possible for enough materiel for an entire series”, and its score on Metacritic was a pitiful 33.  The series premiere of What Would Ryan Lochte Do? nabbed a minuscule 807,000 viewers and 0.4 A18-49 in April 2013.  One week later, the audience collapsed to 392,000 viewers and 0.2 A18-49.  Surprisingly, the show lost even more viewers: 300,000 viewers for a May 27th airing.  In September 2013, E! cancelled the series after eight episodes.

2.  To compile this list, throughout the year I keep track of shows I believe are “the worst”.  Somehow, number two on the list, Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs, got on the air without me noticing.  Through some digging, I discovered this reality dud.  The docu-series followed former baseball player Pete Rose and his fiancee Kiana, along with her two children.  The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed the show “painful”, and the Metacritic score was an embarrassing 36.  The premiere of Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs. scored 783,000 viewers, with the second episode directly after falling to 524,000 viewers.  One week later, the two episodes averaged 626,000 viewers.  After only four episodes, TLC pulled the series from its lineup.  The remaining two episodes were burned off a month later on TLC’s sister network, Destination America.

And finally, the worst new cable show of 2013 is…

Low Winter Sun.  Okay, so reviews were not all too harsh for the series (it earned an average 59 on Metacritic), but compared to other AMC series, it was not good.  Low Winter Sun got off to what looked like a strong start: 2.51 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49.  However, the premiere aired behind the final season debut of Breaking Bad, putting retention at a horrible 42% among total viewers (5.92 million) and 38% in the demo (2.9).  In week two, Low Winter Sun experienced one of the worst drops of the season for any show, falling to 1.47 million viewers and 0.5 demo (retention of 30% / 21% from Breaking Bad).  Ratings fell each week, before finally recovering a bit in episode seven (to 1.33 million viewers and 0.5 A18-49), but retention was even worse: 20% among total viewers and 15% in the demo.  The last two episodes of Low Winter Sun recorded a horrible 630,000 viewers and 0.2 A18-49.  In December 2013, two months after its last new episode aired, AMC cancelled Low Winter Sun, joining Rubicon as one of the two series never to get to a second season on the network.

Which series do YOU consider the worst of 2013?  Sound off in the comments below!

The 10 Worst New Broadcast Shows of 2013

Today is part one of two in the “worst new show of 2013” feature.  This is the second year in a row I’ve compiled a list of the 10 worst new shows to debut during the year.  And now, onto the list !

cult cw10.  The CW was quite successful ridding itself of the “rich white girl” theme that had defined the network since its inception.  Cult was part of that process, yet it went horribly wrong.  Its’ debut in February 2013 was viewed by fewer than one million viewers (860,000) and a mere 0.3 A18-49 demo.  After two episodes on Tuesday nights, the CW shifted the show to Friday nights, where it shed even more of its audience.  Viewers who watched the show were intrigued, yet there was confusion over the theme (a show within a show) and it kept viewers away.  Cult ended its run after 13 episodes with a measly 0.1 A18-49 demo.

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9.  Fox has been known for its out-of-the-box reality shows (see Joe Millionaire, The Swan, etc.) for over a decade now.  In the summer of 2013, Fox tried to get people talking again with new reality series Does Someone Have to Go?.  This time, the staff at failing businesses got to step in the shoes of their boss and make decisions, including who may be fired.  Critics pounced on the series, saying it was too harsh, especially in a down-economy.  Viewers agreed with the critics: the show debuted to a tiny 2.68 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49.  In addition, the show recorded a 2.4/10 on IMDb, one of the lowest ratings on the website for any new show this season.  It appears many Americans are finally tiring of trashy reality.

Siberia8.  Siberia was described as a mockumentary series that followed 16 contestants on a reality show; think of it as a mix between Survivor and short-lived The River.  Reviews were not too bad, with an okay 63% on Metacritic and 6.8/10 on IMDb.  Despite a unique concept, Siberia bombed, premiering to 3.06 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49, last in its timeslot.  NBC let the show air all eleven episodes in its timeslot before it ended its run.  The network never officially cancelled the series, but with horribly low ratings (even by summer standards) its unlikely Siberia will ever see the light of day again.

7.  NBC promoted The Million Second Quiz for weeks, offered the largest prize in game show history, and signed on well-known Ryan Seacrest as host.  It seemed as if the show would hit, right?  As with most of NBC’s attempts this past season, The Million Second Quiz was a bust.  The game show debuted to an okay 6.52 million viewers and 1.7 A18-49, but fell as low as an 0.7 on September 14th (a Saturday).  The show did rebound slightly by the time the finale rolled around, however, it was not enough.  Critics and viewers alike slammed the show for being confusing and an app that was constantly crashing.  Needless to say, Million Second Quiz is unlikely to return for a second season.

6. I did not want to place The Michael J. Fox Show on the list, but I had to do it.  NBC snagged the show nearly a year before its debut after offering it a full 22 episode season in a competitive situation between the broadcast networks.  The family comedy was supposed to reinvigorate the NBC ‘Must See TV’ block, and because of that, NBC put its advertising muscle behind the series.  Unfortunately for NBC, The Michael J. Fox Show debuted to a middling 7.5 million viewers and 2.2 A18-49.  Reviews were mostly negative, with the New York Times saying it was unfunny.  Viewers agreed and by episode nine the show had fallen below a 1.0 A18-49.  Michael J. Fox recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for the series, but lets be honest, everyone loves Michael J. Fox, not his show.

5. Joining The Michael J. Fox Show on the worst of the worst list is NBC’s Thursday night “anchor” Sean Saves the World.  Critics quickly jumped on the series calling it one of the worst of the season and compared it to the NBC comedy failures of the 1990’s.  Since its debut, Sean Saves the World has struggled in the ratings, and never once going above a 1.4 A18-49.  Sean Hayes shtick may have worked on Will and Grace, but here it is terribly uncomfortable and unfunny.

4.  Needing to give Undercover Boss a break, CBS ordered The Job, which gave people a chance to win a job at their dream company.  It seemed like an easy timeslot win.  The New York Times called it “awful”, The Washington Post described it as “exploitative”, and The New York Post said it was “offensive”.  Viewers agreed: a mere 4 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49 tuned into the premiere, with the numbers falling even further in week two (3.3 million / 0.7 A18-49).  After only two episodes (and a fourth place timeslot finish), CBS pulled The Job from its timeslot.

3.  NBC had a new medical drama based on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Do No Harm received a fair amount of promotion and went into a prime timeslot: Thursdays at 10/9c, where ER successfully ran for fourteen seasons.  On premiere night, NBC gave the series the lead in of The Office, its strongest show on the night at that point.  Once again for NBC, it was a total bust.  Do No Harm kicked off its run with a minuscule 3.12 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49 demo – the lowest rated in-season scripted premiere ever on the four major broadcast networks.  Despite the horrible premiere, NBC stuck with Do No Harm for another week, only to see it fall even further (0.7 A18-49).  Less than a few days later, NBC pulled the drama from its timeslot and shipped in off to Saturdays…in the summer.  For the (few) viewers of Do No Harm, NBC did actually air all 13 episodes.

2.  ABC had a bad year, yet Lucky 7 is the only entry on the network to make my list, and for good reason.  From the time it was announced in May, it was predicted to be the first cancellation of the season.  Lottery dramas, like Lucky 7, have never been big hits (see Windfall, for example) so why would this one be any different?  Lucky 7 premiered to 4.43 million viewers and 1.3 A18-49, the lowest fall drama premiere in ABC history.  Week two was much worse, with the show losing nearly 50% of its already terrible premiere (2.6 million / 0.7 A18-49).  Similar to most shows on the list, Lucky 7 aired only two episodes before being cancelled.  In all likelihood, the show will never air its remaining episodes.  Not so lucky, eh?

And finally, the worst new broadcast show of 2013 is…

ready for lovReady for Love!  The reality show followed three eligible bachelors looking for the love of their life.  NBC hoped Ready for Love would follow in the footsteps of The Bachelor and become a bit hit.  NBC had such high hopes for the series that they gave it the lead in of their number one series, The Voice.  The series debuted in April 2013 to only 3.7 million viewers and 1.5 A18-49, putting retention at a horrible 34%.  Part of the reason?  The contestants, who were described as “boring”, “evil”, and “despicable”.  NBC stuck with the show for two more weeks, with ratings falling to a 1.1 on its final airing (out of a 4.1, retention of 27%).  NBC let the series finish its run online, where it concluded in June.

The 20 Worst Reality TV Series of All Time

If there is one category of television that is more polarizing than any other, it would have to be reality. Some absolutely love what networks have to offer, while others claim it has contributed to the downfall of (mostly broadcast) television.

Whatever your personal feeling is toward reality television (personally, I am okay with it) there have been quite a few reality series that make everyone question “what in the world are they thinking??”.  Over the past few days I have gone through lists of reality television shows as far back as I could find them and picked the twenty I deemed to be the absolute worst.  This list does not focus on the ratings, but the basic synopsis of the series.  This list reflects on those that make you ask the question I talked about above.

20. Britney and Kevin: Chaotic (UPN)
A year before UPN shut down, they brought us a show about Britney Spears and her then-husband Kevin Federline.  The show was panned by critics and Entertainment Weekly went as far as to say the show would cause career suicide for Britney Spears (which we know did not happen).  The show aired five episodes, of which nearly 2 million viewers fled from the first to fifth episode.  After a five episode first season, the show was cancelled.

19. Are You Hot? (ABC)
In 2003, ABC graced us with “Are You Hot? The Search for America’s Sexiest People”, which as the name suggests, searched for the sexiest people in America.  The contestants were simply evaluated on their physical attractiveness and nothing else.  Yikes!  The series was cancelled after one low rated season.

18. Jon and Kate Plus 8 (TLC)
What started out as a nice family program featuring a set of sextuplets and a set of twins quickly turned into a  train wreck.  Fame went to Kate Gosselin’s head and in season five, Jon and Kate decided to call it quits.  The impending divorce sent to the series to ratings highs (a whopping 10 million viewers) but afterwards people grew tired.  After two seasons of simply being Kate Plus 8, the show was cancelled due to declining ratings.

17. The Real Housewives of… (Bravo)
Perhaps Bravo should consider changing the name of their network.  What was once a network focused on the arts and drama reversed course when ratings were looking brighter elsewhere: reality.  The network struck it big with the franchise (thanks in part to ABC’s Desperate Housewives) and most of the series’ still run to this day.  The ratings may be big, but the show is one of the worst.

16. Kid Nation (CBS)
Kids dumped into a fictional town forced to live on their own.  From the moment it was announced, the series was under a cloud of controversy.  Many legal implications arose, such as what age the kids had to be in order to be alone and whether or not their work hours were too much.  One participants mother even filed a complaint on the show after her son was hurt.  In the end, nothing really came out of it, except for a cancellation notice after its first (and only) season wrapped up.

15. Kill Reality (E!)
Before there were the Kardashians on E!, there were the leftovers from various reality series.  Here’s the most basic way I can sum it up: a horror movie (The Scorned) starred a bunch of reality “stars” who were seen in popular reality series, such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, and The Apprentice.  “Kill Reality” was a behind the scenes feature as the movie was being filmed.  The show ended after one season and with Jonny Fairplay (Survivor) defecating on another contestants bed while she slept.

14. Superstar USA (WB)
A few seasons into FOX’s dominant American Idol, The WB decided to go another route: find the worst singer in America.  Contestants who could not hold a tun were told they had the best voices around, while the good singers were told they sucked and went home in tears.  Audience members were told the singers were terminally ill and that a charitable organization had made their dream come true.  The winner received $50,000 and the show was cut after one season.

13. Survival of the Richest (WB)
In the months before WB’s closure, a one of a kind series hit the airwaves.  The WB took seven kids worth over $3 billion dollars and paired them with seven kids who had a combined debt of $150,000.  A kid from each side was paired up and together they had to compete in challenges to win money $200,000.  The casting only reinforced the typical stereotypes of the rich and poor in America.  Due to low ratings and an incoming network (CW) ‘Survival’ was cancelled after one season.

12. I Know My Kid’s a Star (VH1)
The title pretty much explains this one.  A parent and their kid were in a elimination-style competition in which each week the kid was given tasks to try and advance their career.  Parents were always in fights with other parents because they believed their kid was the next big thing in Hollywood.  Here is a hint to those who were on the show: with Danny Bonaduce as host, the likelihood of making it in the business was slim to none.  As with most of the shows on the list, after one season, it was cancelled.

11. I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (ABC/NBC)
At the height of Survivor’s popularity, ABC decided to tweak the concept and place a number of ‘celebrities’ on an island.  The show was a dud and after one season, ABC pulled the plug.  NBC attempted to give the series a second go around in 2009.  The show took a beating for contestants Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, of MTV’s The Hills fame.  The ratings started strong (and faded quickly), and coupled with bad reviews and D-list celebrities, NBC pulled the plug.

10. Who’s Your Daddy? (FOX)
The premise: an adult is put up for ‘adoption’ and placed in a room with 25 men.  The objective is for the adult put up for adoption to correctly guess which man is their biological father.  If they guessed correctly, the contestant received $100,000.  If not, the person they guessed would win the money.  No matter what the outcome of the money, the contestant was still told which man was their father (aww, how nice).  After only one episode, and numerous affiliates choosing not to air the episode, FOX decided against airing any further episodes.

9. The World According to Paris (Oxygen)
As if The Simple Life was not enough, Oxygen decided to grace us with the presence of socialite Paris Hilton once again in 2010.  The show focused on the daily life of Paris Hilton for a five month period and gave viewers a glimpse of her court-ordered community service (which she said “really sucks”) as well as her birthday party that year.  The show was the lowest rated original series on Oxygen for the season, averaging a mere 290,000 viewers.

8. My Super Sweet 16 (MTV)
Spoiled rich teenagers were given the party of a lifetime, all to celebrate their sixteenth birthday.  The parties often featured popular singers, lavish gifts (one girl received a $67,000 Lexus), and expensive locations.  The new-teenagers often cried before their parties and lashed out at their parents for not getting a small detail of their party right.  If watching ‘normal’ teens have their sixteenth birthday was not enough, MTV gave us a glimpse of some celebrities parties, such as Chris Brown and Sean Kingston.

7. Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (FOX)
50 women from each state in the United States competed in a beauty pageant-esque competition to become the bride of a multi-millionaire, who was not shown until after the competition.  Rick Rockwell was revealed to be the multi-millionaire and chose Darva Conger to marry him.  Controversy arose when it was revealed Rick Rockwell was not his real name (it was Richard Balkey) and he had a restraining order against him for domestic violence.  The ‘winner’ Darva Conger was later awarded an annulment, which she had asked for shortly after the honeymoon.  22 million viewers tuned into the special in 2000 and due the controversy, FOX cancelled all future installments.

6. Keeping up with the Kardashians (E!)
Eight seasons in and the show is still a hit, but it has been at the forefront of bad reviews since its inception.  In the eight seasons its been on the air, critics and people all across America have accused E! of exposing a family who has little to no talent.  The wedding between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries was blasted for being a publicity stunt, especially since it lasted only 72 days.  E! has also given a special to the wedding of Khloe Kardashian as well as the birth of Kourtney Kardashians first son.  Has one family ever been so fame-hungry on television?

5. Jersey Shore (MTV)
Before a single episode aired, Jersey Shore was under a clout of controversy.  Italian Americans blasted the cast for claiming their were Italian and giving the group a bad name.  The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, said the show left viewers with a bad image of the Jersey Shore and its citizens.  A number of sponsors, including American Family Insurance, Dell, Domino’s, pulled their ads due to the controversy.  The  controversy did little to hurt the show, as its ratings were the highest ever for MTV.  After six seasons, ratings fell to all time lows and MTV ended the series.

4. Living Lohan (E!)
You’d think a series with the name ‘Lohan’ in the title would at least feature the most famous of the Lohan clan (Lindsay), but that was not the case.  Instead, matriarch Dina Lohan tried to expose the world to her other daughter, Ali, and make her a music star.  Critical reception of the series was downright pitiful, with Entertainment Weekly giving the show an ‘F’ grade and Anderson Cooper commenting on the series by saying “I cannot believe I’m wasting a minute of my life watching these horrific people.”  E! gave the series a one season run and then cancelled the show.  Dina Lohan said another network was interested in picking up the series, but that (thankfully) never happened.

3. Toddlers and Tiaras / Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)
No other show has exposed toddlers more so than Toddlers and Tiaras.  In the series, parents (mostly mothers) throw tons of makeup on their four-six year old children, give them big hairdos, and outrageous clothing and then enter them in beauty pageants.  Each episode focuses on different toddlers across the country participating in these pageants.  If the show has taught viewers anything, its that there is an abundant amount of parents who are willing to do anything to make their toddler famous.  The show’s most famous alumni is Alana Thompson, who now stars in the equally bad, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  Both shows are still on the air, although Honey Boo Boo is more popular than its parent series.

2. The Swan (FOX)
FOX has been the leader of terrible reality programming on the broadcast networks, but The Swan takes the cake for bad FOX programming.  The contestants on the series were given a coach, therapist, trainer, cosmetic surgeon, and dentist, who together designed to give the contestant a total transformation.  Each week two contestants were featured and one of them was selected to move onto a beauty pageant, which was held at the end of the season.  The serious was obviously one of the most controversial of all time.  Reviewers pounced on the show for passing a message along that you need to be given extreme makeovers to be beautiful and that the women were truly ugly beforehand.  Lorrie Arias, a former contestant on the show, said she was left with unresolved surgery complications and mental health problems due to the show.  For whatever reason, the show ran for two seasons after rapidly declining ratings.

1. Bridalplasty (E!)
I went back and forth on who should be number one and in the end, Bridalplasty earned the title of the “Worst Reality Television Series of All Time”.  The series was very similar to The Swan, but put a twist on the premise and took it one step further (at least in my opinion it did).  The show followed 12 engaged or married women who were competing for the wedding of their dreams, as well as their dream plastic surgery surgery.  The winner of the challenge for the week was able to get one of their plastic surgery procedures completed from their wishlist.  The winner of Bridalplasty received their wedding as well as every plastic surgery procedure on their wishlist.  The husband of the winner did not get to see his fiancee until the day of the wedding.  By that point, was the woman even what he originally wanted in a woman?  Reviews were, as expected, awful.  The score on Metacritic is a awful 21 from critics and a 1.3 for viewers (and would most likely be a 0 if not for one review of a 10).  After one season in 2010, E! cancelled the series due to historically low ratings.  At least America knows when a reality show is downright horrible.

Do you agree with my list?  Are there any on the list that do not deserve to be there?  Did I leave one, or a few, off of the list?  Add your opinions below!