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No. 8 - 'America's Next Top Model'
"America's Next Top Model"
The only thing worse than a fatigued reality franchise is a fatigued reality franchise that shows no awareness of said fatigue and thus no desire to change. And the only thing worse than that? A reality franchise that I've spent so long watching that I can't quite bring myself to quit. "ANTM" has become so tired and repetitive that I can usually watch whole episodes on my DVR in under 25 minutes, because I know that every episode will tell its story in the exact same way. Snarky folks like to point out the lack of actual Top Models produced by the show, but I've never been bothered by that. "ANTM" has generated an OK number of working models, working actresses and working on-air hostesses. The show has, however, ceased to produce interesting personalities for the TV show itself. We're stuck in a deep rut of Models Who Aren't In It To Win It, Models Who Can't Smize, Models Who Are The Noun and Not The Verb and Models Who Take Great Pictures But Don't Look Like Models In Person. The structure of the show never changes. Tyra never changes. And yet "ANTM" remains one of The CW's crown jewels, ratings-wise, which says more about The CW than "ANTM."
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