CBS has announced the show that will air in the coveted spot immediately following the Superbowl on Sunday, February 7, and it's not one of their top hit shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, or even Survivor. This year they will premiere a brand new reality series called Undercover Boss in the post-Superbowl slot.
It's certainly not the first time a network has put a brand new show on after the Superbowl (Fox did it in 2005 with American Dad's premiere and ABC did it in 1995 with Extreme) but it's far from common practice. And to utilize the space for a brand new reality series, in a time when reality series seem to come and go faster than the wind does seem a bit odd. Add to that the fact that this is coming from the network with some of the biggest ratings hits on television, and it almost seems ludicrous. But it's not as crazy as it may sound.
I'm far from a fan of reality television, in fact I despise it for the most part. However, I will say that there are a few good reality shows out there. The Amazing Race and The Biggest Loser definitely fall into that category of good shows that focus more on positive elements and don't drown viewers in massive amounts of obviously fake drama. Well, in that respect, Undercover Boss seems like it might just fall into the good side of reality programing (remember, I said might. I'm still skeptical of reality television).
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