Has ‘America’s Next Top Model’ been saved already by VH1?

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When “America’s Next Top Model” formally ended its run last fall on The CW, there was always a suspicion that it could be picked up elsewhere. The show does repeat very well in comparison to other reality shows out there, and for the most part it is inexpensive to bring in a cast of aspiring models and have them stick around for many weeks filming a show. Give them a small stipend and some “exposure,” and many of them are happy.

With this in mind, it wouldn’t be a shock if the latest chatter is true. Per the New York Daily News, VH1 is going to revive the reality show, but it is unclear if Tyra Banks will return as host after more than twenty cycles in the role. The big issue with her is mostly a financial one: She commands a pretty penny at this point, so they can conceivably make a far less expensive version of the show if her role is more of a behind-the-scenes one.

Ultimately, we’ll just have to see if this turns out to be true before we speculate about it too much more, but we do think that this network would be the right fit for it. VH1 has a long history of loving reality franchises, even though their heyday of “Flavor of Love” and “I Love New York” is long gone. They can still get some attention back with this show, and we certainly think it’s possible that they could get comparable ratings for “Top Model” to what the show was getting on The CW over the past few years on Friday nights.

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