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21 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Most TV shows exit the airwaves with a flurry of headlines memorializing their demise. Sometimes, though, a program fades from the spotlight into a scheduling twilight zone: neither declared dead nor returning.
Here's the lowdown on some missing-in-action titles from this year that most expected to see again but which have no airdates on the horizon:
NBC's "American Gladiators." Gladiators ready? No, gladiators are not ready. This competition-series revival enjoyed terrific ratings for its initial run during the WGA strike early this year. A second season launched in May and saw a sharp drop in viewers, with ratings fading throughout its summer run. Most consider reality shows cheap to produce, but this stunt-heavy arena competition is not. NBC has not mentioned "Gladiators" on the record, but it's considered canceled.
Fox's "The Moment of Truth." Another strike-era reality hit, this, too, saw a ratings decline during its summer run. Unlike "Gladiators, »
- By James Hibberd
While there's news that Beauty and the Geek may return to the airwaves, another Ashton Kutcher reality series has been cancelled. ABC has pulled its low-rated reality series, Opportunity Knocks, after three episodes.
Opportunity Knocks brings a full-fledged gameshow to the front door of unsuspecting families. Spouses and siblings prove how much they know about each other and correct answers bring them rewards of cash, concert tickets, big-screen TVs and more. The game show is hosted by J.D. Roth and comes from Kutcher's Katalyst Films and Roth's 3 Ball Productions. The series is executive produced by Jason Goldberg, Karey Burke, Todd A. Nelson, Kutcher, and Roth.
Knocks debuted on September 23rd on ABC. The premiere attracted just 6.6 million viewers, landing it in fourth place for the timeslot. In the desirable 18-34 demographic, the show drew just a 1.5 rating and five share. That's in sixth place for that demographic, lagging behind even »
Game shows always bring out the communist in me. Watching Opportunity Knocks tonight, as host J.D. Roth threw stacks of cash at a financially comfortable family of five, I tried to have fun with it. Really I did. But with our economy crashing, it's a little hard to enjoy this sort of thing guilt-free. Escapism is great and all, but you can't help wondering what kind of fantasy you're being sold, and who's doing the selling. And how the hell is Ashton Kutcher involved in all of this? Here's the pitch: host J.D. Roth and his crew pick a so-called average American family. They investigate that family's lives, from their houses to their neighbors to their school, and then, on a giant sound stage constructed on the family's front lawn, Roth tests Mom, Dad, and the kids on their knowledge of each other. The hour long show is divided »
Ashton Kutcher fans get ready for yet another production from the Punk’d master himself, as ABC brings us Opportunity Knocks tonight at 8pm. The show is the nation’s first traveling game show in which host JD Roth, along with his production crew, head to different suburbs across America and unexpectedly peek into our homes. They also give the families an opportunity to win some prizes, if they are able to answer a few questions regarding their other family members.
Similar to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, a van pulls up at the driveway and heads into the homes of unsuspecting families. This is where the fun starts, when families are then asked questions about the family members. If they answer the most grueling questions correctly, they have a chance to win as much as $250,000. The crew will also be setting up a stage outside the family’s house so »
Reality show producer Ashton Kutcher has something up his sleeve yet again! The 30-year-old actor recently came up with Opportunity Knocks, a reality series which challenges family members on how well they know each other. The series was picked up by ABC and will be airing on Tuesdays at 8pm.
In preparation for the show, Kutcher tried the same principle on his wife and stepchildren. In fact, he recently told Ok! Magazine at the TCA Conference, "I got into the process of how well do you know your family. If somebody came and asked me what kind of perfume my wife wears every single day, could I tell you that answer? I could tell you."
Kutcher says that the beginnings of the show Opportunity Knocks laid in his goofy tricks while he was at home. He said, "I started playing with that idea with my family and with my girls, »
The new series, called Opportunity Knocks, quizzes family members on how well they know each other.
And Kutcher, who is stepfather to Rumer, 19, Scout, 16, and Tallulah, 14 - Moore's daughters with action star Bruce Willis - is convinced his handsome Hollywood family would make the perfect team.
He says, "She'd be a genius. I actually think that in general the moms on this show are going to do a lot better than everybody else in the family." »
6 items from 2008
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