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The 10 Most Talked-About Reality Franchises of 2023 (So Far) – The Hollywood Reporter



Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and RuPaul Charles

THE FRANCHISE RuPaul’s Drag Race

As Paramount International additional consolidates its portfolio, the worth positioned on its 26-time Emmy winner is obvious. RuPaul’s Drag Race (and spinoff All Stars) migrated from VH1 to MTV earlier in 2023 — driving scores up 17 %. Produced by Charles and his longtime collaborators, World of Surprise’s Bailey and Barbato, the property is now supplying 15 worldwide variations to streamer Paramount+. Drag Race México launched June 22.

Alex Baskin

THE FRANCHISE Vanderpump Guidelines

Bolstered by wild public curiosity in an infidelity scandal (see interview under), Vanderpump Guidelines hit series-best scores and drove Bravo’s strongest viewership in 9 years — the primary of three reunion specials fetching 4.6 million viewers over three days. Shepherded by Baskin, who stayed on as showrunner after leaving manufacturing firm Evolution Media to launch his personal shingle, 32 Flavors Leisure, the decade-old sequence is immediately probably the most related present on cable not written by Taylor Sheridan.

Jack Burgess, Tim Harcourt and Stephen Lambert


Studio Lambert delivered this scorching spin on a Dutch format to the U.Ok. and the U.S. up to now yr, making it the uncommon actuality franchise to launch in a number of territories on the similar time. Half Large Brother and half Clue, the stateside model of The Traitors, hosted by Alan Cumming, introduced a much-needed hit to NBCUniversal streamer Peacock — delivering buzz and incomes a swift renewal regardless of an absence of disclosed viewership.

Andy Cohen

THE FRANCHISE The Actual Housewives

Many of the sequence that populate the 10-title robust Actual Housewives franchise are produced by totally different shingles, however all of them have one factor in frequent. Cohen, the onetime Bravo exec who ditched the C-suite to host and produce speak present Watch What Occurs Reside With Andy Cohen, continues to be an lively EP throughout the Housewives universe. It retains the lights on at Bravo and retains Cohen busy. The 14th cycle of the New York iteration premieres July 16 with a wholly new forged.

Adam DiVello

THE FRANCHISE Promoting Sundown

In actuality and unscripted, streaming success is most frequently awarded to competitors reveals. Promoting Sundown bucks that pattern. Produced by DiVello’s Achieved and Achieved Productions, docudrama Promoting Sundown was seated within the No. 1 slot of Netflix’s prime 10 as quickly because it premiered its sixth season in Might. Its success could have already got been duplicated. Late 2022 spinoff Promoting the OC was rapidly renewed for second and third seasons.

Carlos King

THE FRANCHISE Love & Marriage

Following the success of Love & Marriage: Huntsville, OWN has greenlit spinoffs set in Washington, D.C., and Detroit from King’s Kingdom Reign Leisure. With a rising slice of OWN actual property, and its footprint now duplicated on Warner Bros. Discovery streamer Max, it’s little shock that King is leaning laborious into his style. He talks about his personal sequence and his competitors on the podcast Actuality With the King.

Zachary Klein and Christian Sarabia


Yeah, there’s a whole lot of Bravo on this record. However the community has a knack for making sequence that launch different sequence — and, earlier than the latest Vanderpump renaissance, Under Deck was prime canine. It additionally has the excellence of launching 4 profitable spinoffs: Under Deck Mediterranean, Under Deck Crusing Yacht, Under Deck Down Underneath and Under Deck Journey — all from Klein and Sarabia at 51 Minds Leisure.

Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon


They’ve received different meals reveals (see: Netflix’s enduring hit Nailed It!), however Magical Elves producers Kriley and Sharon notably have the king of all culinary TV in Prime Chef. Its latest twentieth cycle was a celebration of the franchise’s relevance, drawing previous winners and finalists from 11 of the 30 worldwide variations for a world showdown. Up subsequent: the daunting job of reimagining the sequence with a brand new host. Earlier winner Kristen Kish is changing Padma Lakshmi, who exited after 19 seasons.

Julie Pizzi


A 1998 spinoff of landmark Bunim/Murray Productions entries The Actual World and Street Guidelines, The Problem is technically the longest-running actuality competitors on American TV. (Sorry, Survivor!) The truth that an MTV present has advanced a lot so late in its life cycle is a testomony to its relevance. Up to now yr alone, Bunim/Murray president Pizzi has put spinoffs on streaming (Paramount+’s The Problem: World Championship) and broadcast (CBS’ The Problem: USA).

Matt Sharp


Shoppers curious as to why Warner Bros. Discovery would load its linear unscripted choices onto its status streamer want look no additional than Sharp Leisure’s 90 Day Fiancé. The highest-rated sequence on TLC, it boasts a continually rising suite of spinoffs and was one of many major pitches within the latest Max launch.

This story first appeared within the July 14 subject of The Hollywood Reporter journal. Click on right here to subscribe.

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