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Network Comedy Pilots Are on the Rise, While Reality Slows Down

Apr 29, 2010  •  Post A Comment

There are just five unscripted programs in development at ABC, CBS and NBC combined, the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog reports.

That compares with last year’s 13 unscripted programs in development.

The genre that’s apparently filling the space previously held by reality programs is comedy, according to the study from analyst Anthony DiClemente, who based his figures on reports in trade publications.

ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have ordered 44 comedy pilots out of their total of 84 pilots. That compares with last year’s tally of 34 comedy pilots out of a total of 81 projects.

Drama orders are basically flat. Fox has 13 comedy pilots, the most of the big four networks, followed by ABC with 12 and NBC with 11. CBS has lined up the fewest with eight comedy pilots. The study found that Fox doesn’t have any reality shows lined up for the fall, although has a few on tap for the spring.

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