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A&E Announces More Reality Shows

Jan 14, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Coming off a year of ratings increases and decreasing median viewership age attributed to an increase in reality programming, A&E announced four new reality shows Friday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.

Kicking off the first panel of the final day of cable presentations, A&E senior VP of Programming Bob DeBitetto said the network will launch six reality shows in 2005.

Among the new programs:

  • “Knievel’s Wild Ride,” following Robbie Knievel, son of the famous daredevil; produced by Screaming Flea Productions and scheduled to premiere in April.

  • “Inked,” a reality show set in a Las Vegas tattoo parlor; produced by Fox TV Studios in association with Foglight Entertainment for A&E Network.

  • “Criss Angel,” in which Magician Criss Angel shows viewers his illusions; produced by First Television and Angel Productions.

  • “Roller Girls” (working title), an effort following a group of roller derby girls in Austin, Texas; produced by Go Go Luckey Productions.

    The new shows hit a couple of modest TCA trends–Las Vegas reality shows (E! Network’s “The Entertainer” and ABC Family’s “Las Vegas Garden of Love” share the same setting) and magician shows (TLC’s “Mind Games”).