Dancing with the Stars aside, the Nielsen charts are no longer dominated by reality hits the way they once were.
In fact, thus far this season the ABC pro-am competition is the only
unscripted show to land in the top 10, a grouping littered instead with
CBS procedurals like NCIS and Criminal Minds.
But as the broadcast networks continue to take swings (
is the closest a network has come in awhile) and cable loads up on (the not so) reality, we turned to
, better known as the masterminds of one-time Fox hit
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
pair talked shrinking budgets (hint: those $1 million episodes are a
thing of the past), sharing costs and what it takes to get a reality
show green-lit today.
Click blogs.forbes.com for the whole story.