New NG Channels CEO says his “trashy” tabloid-style programs are behind him now

From a RealScreen interview with David Lyle, the new CEO of the National Geographic Channels (U.S.):

David Lyle

“Blue-chip will still be part of our core DNA, no doubt about it,” he says. “I’ve done a lot of variations of factual entertainment over 25 years in all parts of the world and sure, since 2005, the channel that I was running [Fox Reality] was in the reality end of the spectrum. …

“But what really won’t be coming here are those huge competition shows with elimination elements and that sort of thing. And honestly, I’m someone who’s done some things at the tabloid end [of the spectrum], but we won’t be going ‘trashy.’”


Here’s a sampling of original programming from the now-defunct Fox Reality Channel, which Mr. Lyle used to run (via Wikipedia):

•  Battle of the Bods is a steamy reality show in which five nerdy girls rank themselves in order of attractiveness and try to match the rankings of a panel of male judges. The program premiered January 19, 2008.

•  Busted and Disgusted is an original series bringing viewers clips of the most disgusting and outrageous behavior caught on camera. The show premiered on April 1, 2009.

•  My Bare Lady gives adult film stars the opportunity to try out different careers. The program premiered on December 7, 2006.

•  Paradise Hotel 2 follows a group of single men and women who are given the opportunity to live together in an exclusive resort. The program premiered February 4, 2008 and was shared by MyNetworkTV.

•  Seducing Cindy follows Cindy Margolis, once the most downloaded woman on the Internet, as she searches for a new love. The program premiered on January 30, 2010.

•  Solitary turns the concept of solitary confinement into a game show. The program, which features an unseen host presiding over “treatments,” or challenges, premiered on June 5, 2006.

•  Sex Decoy: Love Stings, set inside the private life and professional world of Sandra Hope and “Mate Check Private Investigations”. Each episode chronicles specific cases in which a spouse or significant other hires Sandra and her team of decoys to “tempt” their potentially wayward lover and expose infidelity. The show also follows the ups and downs of Sandra’s dysfunctional family, including her daughters, who work for her as decoys. The program premiered on May 23, 2009.

In October 2009, it was announced that Fox Reality Channel would be discontinued on most providers on March 29, 2010 and re-branded into an American version of National Geographic Wild.


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