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With Reality Shows' Success, is the Sitcom dying?

Updated on August 30, 2009

My wife and I were watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta

...and we thought, wow, how entertaining was that...the dram, the suspense, the lack of scripts! But on the other side of that thought we also watched Seinfeld and thought, wow...what a great show!

So then we started a conversation that was interesting. Is the sitcom dying? With shows like Survivor, The Bachelor, American Idol, and others are scripted shows in trouble? My wife thinks that the sitcom is an endangered specious. Untrained celeb-wanna-be's are a dime a dozen and get there fifteen minutes everyday on reality shows.

I, on the other hand believe that the sitcom will fight triumphantly and will hold on. We are in desperate need of another Cosby Show, or a Star Trek or something. Then, and just then, my wife interjects, "but its cheaper to do reality shows..." and I am once again reminded that money is ultimately the driving force behind televisions' programming.

So, I guess the fate of the sitcom depends on its ability to generate cash. In other words, if it doesn't make money, it doesn't make sense.


Do you think the sitcom will soon be gone forever?

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      Louidam1 8 years ago

      I'm not for sure sitcom's will dry out but your wife it right, reality tv is much cheaper to produce. I do not watch sitcoms anymore but I do love reality shows!! Good article!