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America's Next Top Model: On The Change Heading into Cycle 19

There are three things you can count on in life: death, taxes, and Top Model sticking to its formula. Sure, they've added different cycle themes, changed judges, and traveled all over the world, but in the end, Top Model is Top Model is Top Model and has been since its days at UPN.

Until now.

Upon unveiling its 2012 fall schedule this morning, The CW announced a fleet of changes to its lone successful reality program. A Wednesday mainstay, Top Model will be moving to Friday nights, thanks to plummeting ratings for its British Invasion cycle, incorporating social media into panel, and bringing on two new regular figures to replace the departing "faculty". A lot to digest, right?

All of it just gives me mixed feelings, though. The move to Friday makes sense on a lot of levels; the show hit a major decline in cycle 18 and there's no reality-competition series in the 8:00 hour, which could bring a little perk back to the show and help Nikita in the ratings. Plus, The CW has been on a mission to revamp itself after a pretty disastrous spring, so nights like Wednesday needed that extra shot of adrenaline that programming that Arrow and Supernatural can provide. But, hypothetically, what if the moves hurt both nights? Top Model isn't that compatible with Nikita and has proven to be a survivor against American Idol and The X Factor, so is it worth it to risk arguably your most anticipated show and a strong veteran? The reward might outweigh the risk, the possibility of getting a stronger foothold on Wednesday being very appealing, but it seems like The CW could wind up hurting one of its strongest nights in Friday and sinking two of its stronger scripted fare in the process. Read More...


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