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CBS nabs Mike Fleiss reality series

CBS nabs Mike Fleiss reality series
After producing a slew of theatrical films in recent years, producer Mike Fleiss is returning to the broadcast airwaves with a new CBS reality series.

The network has agreed to air seven episodes of an as-yet-untitled series that pits a neighborhood of families against each other for a significant prize. The series has just started casting, and no airdate is set.

Warner Horizon/Next Entertainment will produce the project, which will mark Fleiss' first new reality show to hit the broadcast networks since ABC's "The Great American Dream Vote" last year.

The series marks the first reality greenlighted by Jennifer Bresnan, CBS' new reality chief who in August replaced Ghen Maynard.

Fleiss is best known for ABC's longtime series "The Bachelor," which is considered a conceptual spinoff of Fleiss' headline-making Fox special "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" Fleiss also produced ABC's infamous "Are You Hot?" and TBS' "The Real Gilligan's Island.
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The Great American Dream Vote: ABC Pulls Ratings Nightmare

The premise for The Great American Dream Vote was that the audience would choose which contestant deserved to have their wishes and fantasies "magically" fulfilled. It could have been a good deal for contestants, but ended up being not so good for ABC. After only two episodes, the Donny Osmond-hosted reality show was making their audience disappear.

The sneak preview episode (which followed the Tuesday edition of Dancing with the Stars) lost over 11 million from its lead-in, leaving fewer than six million viewers. The second night was even worse, attracting less than 4.6 million. As a result, ABC has pulled Dream Vote from their schedule effective immediately. There are no plans to air the three remaining episodes.

Pairs of reruns of George Lopez (which had been scheduled to return April 25th) will fill the Wednesday night timeslot next week No word on how ABC will adjust their schedule beyond that.
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'Idol' breathes new life into 'Death' on Wed.

Fox dominated Wednesday with a typically strong American Idol, which boosted the comedy 'Til Death at 9:30 p.m.

The results episode of Idol drew 26.9 million total viewers and a 10.9 rating/28 share in the 18-49 demo, according to final ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Death barely held on to half the "Idol" audience but came away with a 6.3/16, tops for that half-hour. Bones also benefited at 8 p.m. (3.7/11).

ABC's Great American Dream Vote looked no healthier in its 8 p.m. premiere time slot than it did in a sneak peek the previous night. It ran fifth in the hour (1.5/4). Lost continued its slow fade at 10 p.m.; while it won the hour with a 5.1/14, it barely benefited from having its prime competition, CBS' CSI: NY in rerun (2.9/8).

CBS finished second to Fox on the night, trailed by NBC and ABC.

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