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H8R: New CW Reality Series; Cancel or Keep It?

H8R cancel keepSome celebrities get a lot of bad press these days and it influences how the public sees them. Do they really deserve the bad rap or is there more to them than what we see in the media? H8R, a new show on The CW, tries to answer that question. But, does H8R itself deserve a slot in primetime or should it be quickly cancelled?

On H8R, celebrities go head-to-head with regular people who don’t like them. They try to win their adversaries over and, in the process, reveal person behind the famous name. Actor Mario Lopez hosts the program which includes two celebrities in each episode.

The reality series debuted on Wednesday night and attracted a meager 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just 1.29 million viewers. It was a distant fifth in its timeslot and was easily beaten by reality shows and reruns on the other networks. In truth, most of the CW shows usually do come in fifth place but this was really bad.

Should H8R be cancelled?

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How bad? In the same timeslot a week earlier, a rerun of last season’s America’s Next Top Model performed about the same, garnering a 0.5 in the demo and 1.25 million viewers. With terrible numbers like these, it seems like H8R could easily become the first cancellation of the Fall 2011-12 season.

Unless the ratings radically improve, it’s certain that The CW will pull H8R. A likely move would be to begin airing the previous week’s edition of America’s Next Top Model as a lead-in to the new episode. America’s Next Top Model certainly needs better lead-in support than what it got this week and was surely hurt by H8R’s premiere.

But, what do you think? Is H8R worth watching? Do you think it just needs more time or should be cancelled immediately?

 

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The Blue Rose September 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

It’s coreographed so that the “celebs” aren’t really insulted or offended. Believe me, if I could TRULY expose Kim Kardashian for the smoke, mirrors and Botox she is, I would! But this is just like a poor re-imagination of Punk’d.

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robycop3 September 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

As with most CW reality shows, this one sux. And, long as Dawn Ostroff is big kahoona, garbage such as this is almost all they’re gonna have.

Ms. Ostroff continues to make the mistake of trying to attract a large young female viewership, when there’s simply too much competition for that demo for any one net to take a large bite of it. Besides the nets, many local stations have progs aimed at young females.

The CW’s best move would be to replace Ostroff. And Ostroff’s best move would be to diversify the netlet’s target demos more. She shoulda taken a cue from “Lifetime”. Instead, she let the most-viewed show on that netlet go…”Smackdown”. She shoulda been canned for that one.

The CW should be preparing for the fact that their one star, Tyra Banks, is losing her popularity, and may be herself preparing to exit the CW. She doesn’t need the money, and there’s plenty of other opportunities out there for her if she wishes to take them.

More & more people are tiring of this type of reality show, especially these that feature “B-list” celebs & try to make reality stars outta starlets. This one is more of that trashy fare. The CW and Fox seemta have a competition of which one can air the trashiest reality shows, & right now, the CW is catching Fox with garbage such as H8R, and “Shedding For The Wedding”.

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admin September 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

robycop3 » She stepped down in April.

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Ross September 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

CANCEL THIS SERIES NOW!
The CW should exit the reality TV business, too.

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