‘America’s Next Top Model’ may still get second life away from The CW

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Apparently, “America’s Next Top Model” as a franchise is at least somewhat interested in achieving undead status. How else do you describe the latest news that we have right now?

While it seemed previously as though the reality competition was over on The CW, Deadline reports that there are some pitches being made to various cable / streaming outlets about continuing the show for a 23rd cycle, even with Tyra Banks still on board as executive producer. Whether or not she would continue to appear as a host is unclear.

Why not let this show go? The reality here is that it is one that has a history of performing well in repeats, and it has more staying power than the majority of other reality competitions. Our feeling as to why is because it is great for casual entertainment. There may not be too many people out there insanely curious to the extent that they have to watch live, and they’ll just catch it weeks or even years later without being spoiled as to what happens.

Off the top of our head, we can think of several networks where this would be a good fit: VH1, Oxygen, and WEtv seem like decent options at the moment. We could even see it working on Lifetime. As for a streaming venue, why not go with something like Hulu? We’d love to see Netflix get more into the reality competition game, but we don’t think that this is the right show for their particular model of posting all of the episodes at once.

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