NBC not going all-reality, says NBC
A lot of people are worried that NBC has suddenly changed into a reality/game show channel. Not only has NBC had Deal Or No Deal, The Apprentice, 1 vs. 100, and The Biggest Loser on the schedule for a few seasons, they now also have American Gladiators, Nashville Star, a game show hosted by Dennis Miller called Amnesia, America's Favorite Mom, and My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad. And don't forget the Bernie Mac reality show Welcome to the Family. They aren't the only network to have reality/game shows, but they seem to be taking the lead in getting the most on the air (and canceling scripted shows).
Now NBC chief Ben Silverman tells The Los Angeles Times that he meant that this is just a temporary thing, because of the strike. They are still picking up scripted sitcoms and dramas and things will go back to normal after the strike is over.
But recent moves by NBC and comments from Silverman and Jeff Zucker seem to hint that NBC actually might be moving towards more reality and games shows. Zucker says he's getting rid of expensive pilots, which in itself isn't a bad thing (I'm sick of expensive, incredible pilots that lead to a mediocre series), but it could be another clue that they are changing the way they do business. Zucker also says that NBC might stop doing upfronts, and let's not forget that Silverman himself said just a few weeks ago that "In every other country in the world, the majority of prime-time programming is unscripted...It also has to do with demographics. Young people like this kind of programming...Time periods may be lost to scripted shows."
You don't have to be Columbo or Monk to put the clues together and see where NBC might be heading.