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    Turning the Miss America Pageant Into a Reality Show

    February 22, 2005 -- PLANS are afoot to transform the Miss America Pageant into a reality show in hopes of jump-starting the sagging franchise.
    The pageant, dropped by ABC last year after historically low ratings, has inked a deal with William Morris and hopes to reinvent itself as a multi-episode reality show tracking contestants in regional competitions up to the live finale, according to Television Week.

    This new version of the pageant would feature reality staples such as backstabbing and contestant eliminations.

    "It really hit home this past year that viewers in America are changing quite a bit what they want to see is different, and that's been a problem with our show," pageant president/CEO Art McMaster told The Post yesterday.

    "We were live on a Saturday night, and in the first 15 minutes, 42 of the contestants exited stage left," McMaster said. "That doesn't really help us when America wants to get to know everyone.

    "That's what it's really all about getting to know the ladies more than just the 10 final contestants," he said. "We have to show their backgrounds, their strengths, their fears and ambitions, so there's a connection between the TV set and America.

    "We want to move into the reality world and have four to six lead-in shows to get to know the contestants.



    "But that's definitely up to the networks. We've thrown it out to them that we're interested."

    Once one of TV's top-rated shows, the Miss America Pageant has fallen on hard times in recent years, drawing only 9.8 million viewers last year an all-time-low and only 10.3 million viewers in 2003.

    "We felt that [last year] was a combination of two things: We were stuck on a Saturday night, and our network partner [ABC] didn't promote it," McMaster said.

    As it stands now, this is the first time in 50 years the pageant is without a TV home. Possible homes for this revised version are cable outlets such as A&E, USA, TNT, Oxygen and E!

    "One cable company already has an offer on the table, but we're obviously not committing to anything yet," McMaster said.

    "I feel confident we'll be on the network again, but we won't know anything for another couple of weeks."
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    The Miss America pageant controversies aside...

    All I have to say is that any woman who agrees to go on national tv and become involved in the televised backstabbing and games that go on in 'reality tv' is certainly not someone I'd want officially representing America to the world in any capacity.

    We all know, I think, that beauty pageants and contestants can get pretty ruthless and do some ugly things. And it probably would make for some interesting 'reality tv'. But a long-established and respected title like Miss America should be above the realm of reality tv. Geez, is nothing safe from reality tv anymore? :rolleyes
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    I'm not a fan of beauty pageants, in fact I find them most unpalatable.
    Turning it into a reality show won't change my opinion.
    Although, it would probably be amusing to see that so many of these supposedly sweet young women who want World peace and to work with kids are actually catty bitches.

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    I don't know....might be interesting, definitely something new...might be interesting to see the ''real' contestants behind the glitz and glamour of the pageant world.

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    OK, I hate to say it, but HELL YEAH! I will watch it.

    My name is Cahalan, I am addicted to reality TV (the trashier the better by the way)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemeses
    The Miss America pageant controversies aside..

    We all know, I think, that beauty pageants and contestants can get pretty ruthless and do some ugly things. And it probably would make for some interesting 'reality tv'. But a long-established and respected title like Miss America should be above the realm of reality tv. Geez, is nothing safe from reality tv anymore? :rolleyes

    I agree with you Nemeses, we already know what goes on in the ruthless
    beauty pageant world. The Miss America title should not be disgraced as we
    all know how much work goes into becoming a spokeswoman for World Peace
    and Baton lessons are expensive. (I'm guessing)

    That being said, ok I'll watch at least the first few shows. ....



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    I actually like the idea of this. I happen to love pageants. But I wish it was Miss USA instead, I find that one more interesting.

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    I'm surprised this got by The Donald and Mr. B
    Trump owns Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen

    They must have been

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