Logo

MyNetwork Revives ‘Folks,’ ‘Paradise’

May 14, 2007  •  Post A Comment

MyNetworkTV is ordering a new series inspired by a popular Dr. Phil segment and reviving a pair of broadcast reality shows to bolster its lineup next season.

The network will debut the tentatively titled “Divorce Wars” this fall, where unhappy couples are locked in a house for five days to resolve their differences. MyNet also is bringing back former NBC reality series “Meet My Folks” and Fox’s bawdy “Paradise Hotel.”

The news comes after MyNet met one-on-one with advertisers last week, ahead of other networks’ upfront advertising presentations. The network is promoting its shift from a telenovela format to a schedule of reality series, movies, Ultimate Fighting and specials. In recent weeks theatricals such as “GoldenEye” and celebrity-driven specials produced by “Access Hollywood” have helped bump ratings. Six more “Access” specials are planned for this year, according to MyNetworkTV President Greg Meidel.

“Every night we’ve replaced is up considerably across the board,” said Mr. Meidel, who took control of the network in January. “We’re like a nimble network that can zig when everybody else is zagging.”

Those zigging moves include reviving “Folks,” which premiered in 2002 and ran for two seasons on NBC, and “Hotel,” which debuted on Fox in 2003 and ran for one season. Both are set to premiere this fall.

“Divorce Wars” is produced by Dr. Phil’s son, Jay McGraw, and his Stage 29 Productions. Dr. Phil will make occasional appearances, Mr. Meidel said, but he will not host the show.

For “Hotel,” which gained an avid fan base on Fox due to its hedonistic, envelope-pushing content, MyNet is promising a tamer version to attract more advertisers.

“It’s not so much about doing the wild thing,” Mr. Meidel said. “It’s still going to be fun, just a little more disciplined.”

“Hotel” will launch early next year and will also run on Fox Reality Channel, which has aired the previous seasons. “Hotel” will be produced by Mentorn as a Fox Reality original series. “Folks” will be produced by Bruce Nash Productions.

MyNet also is airing Fox Reality’s upcoming series “The Academy,” tracking a group of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits.

During the upfronts, MyNet is forgoing elaborate presentations in lieu of roadshow-style meetings with individual advertising agencies. Mr. Meidel and Bob Cesa, executive VP of advertising sales for Twentieth Television, had clocked 21 presentations as of last week.

Chris Pursell contributed to this report.

12 Comments

  1. People today demand people to put on a pedestal and glamorize ; I would not . Those people who are widely known for being famous fill up a ridiculous amount of space in our lives and tend to be excessively overpayed.

  2. I am choosing to write this, as i read that a 16-year-old chick dressing in high-heeled footwear had fallen between carriages from a train in West Sussex Great britain, She past away, however. It was snowing that occasion, nevertheless this young gal, applying a lifetime of fashion selections before her, went along a platform and is now lifeless. I could not help suspecting that had the woman been in a shoe created for activity, instead of to push her boobies out and her pelvis forwards, she would be living.

  3. Keep focusing on your blog. I love how we can all express our feelings. This is an extremely nice blog here 🙂

  4. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

  5. Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

  6. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  7. Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel 🙂

  8. Neat blog layout! Very easy on the eyes.. i like the colors you picked out

  9. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know wheere u got this from. thanks

  10. I typically don’t respond lying on web sites nevertheless you maintain various good comprehensible material.

  11. Syfy hate it or not it can be a a top quality typeface therapy.. the NYPL logo is wonderful, and I dig the the brand new pfizer mark. AOL is left to become witnessed as to if it could be the ideal mark. I think a person or two of your worst marks from the 12 months were notnearly that unhealthy. I d isagree with Kraft I kinda dig that and msn.

  12. Really intriguing. I such as the way you publish. Do you currently have an RSS feed?

Your Comment

Email (will not be published)