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Former super model Tyra Banks' TV series America's Next Top Model has been canceled after a 22 cycle run that began in 2003. It raises the question…. Is the bloom off Tyra Banks rose? - David Shankbone photo





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Former super model Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model has been cancel after a 22 cycle run that began in 2003. Declining rating were a factor as the show lost roughly 75% of its viewing audience since its first rating results in 2004. The show lost the plot when the focus seemed to be on promoting a gay lifestyle and not seeking a contestant that could be a successful TOP MODEL



Tuesday, November 03, 2015


After 22 seasons America's Next Top Model (ANTM) has been canceled resulting in the bloom is coming off creator Tyra Banks Rose. Over its run ANTM lost the plot in the came manner that saw the crumble of American Idol as it was all about them, the judges and Banks, while the project of finding a truly qualified top model fell prey to what appeared to be the manipulation of casting to include colorful personalities including some that would cause conflict in order to spice up the show.

Last month in early October the telecasts in Asia disappeared off the air and were replaced with reruns for several weeks without an explanation. Seeking a reason WHY resulted in an Internet search which revealed that the show was canceled.

In what began as a straight forward model competition became what appeared to be a show promoting the gay lifestyle. The show became progressively more aggressive in presenting outrageous gay behaviors. Perhaps to some that was a turn on while to others it was a turn off which could have led to its demise.

When the show premiered in May 2003 on the UPN channel it gained attention but its ratings were not published. The following season it attracted a viewing audience that earned the show an ANTM record setting best 6.3 rating.

In subsequent seasons those numbers progressively declined to last seasons 1.56 making it the second worst ANTM ratings result overall topped only by cycle 18 when it charted 1.52. Cycle 18 was the first season that the arrogant Kelly Cutrone became a judge. Cutrone has been with the show ever since during the shows worst ratings results. During her now five season stint ANTM's highest rating was in season 19 when it registered a 1.72 rating.

Overall since the shows inception it has lost roughly 75% of its viewing audience resulting in the CW network's announcement in mid-October that they were canceling the show and the finale episode is scheduled to air on December 4, 2015.

During the show's history ANTM turned a corner when a major change was announced on January 24, 2006, that Top Model would be part of the new The CW network, a merge between UPN and The WB, when the seventh cycle started in September airing on Wednesdays. The series became the first series among regular programming to air on the network.

Prior to the announcement of merging with The WB, UPN had committed to renewing the series through its ninth cycle on January 20, 2006, for which casting was conducted throughout mid-2006. America's Next Top Model is the only show left on the network that was originally from UPN.

The combination from the two networks viewing audiences barely boosted the ratings. In 2005 with UPN the show registered a 5.0 rating for cycle six. After the merger the 2006 ratings improved slightly to 5.4 for cycle seven.

ANTM employs a panel of judges who critique contestants' progress throughout the competition. Throughout its broadcast, the program has employed thirteen judges. The original panel consisted of Banks (who also serves as its presenter), Janice Dickinson, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Beau Quillian. In the first eighteen cycles, an additional guest judge was welcomed to the panel each week.

The current lineup features Banks, Kelly Cutrone, and runway coach J. Alexander. For the nineteenth and twentieth cycles, public voting was represented on the panel by Bryanboy. Though not a judge, Jay Manuel served as the creative director during contestants' photo shoots for the first to eighteenth cycles. During the nineteenth and twentieth cycles, Johnny Wujek replaced Manuel as the creative director of all the shoots, and was replaced by Yu Tsai for the twenty-first cycle.

During the series ratings decline, like American Idol, the powers that be continually made changes. The first three cycles of America's Next Top Model were filmed in New York City, and was relocated back and forth in cycles 10, 12 and 14. Los Angeles has been filmed throughout most of the cycles starting with the fourth cycle. It was the move the Los Angels when the show went Hollyweird.

Most notably of the numerous changes on the judging panel photographer Nigel Barker was the only level headed apparent non gay male that appeared as a judge. Qualified judges and true former super star models such as Twiggy and Paulina Porizkova were replaced with flamboyant gay types that Banks appeared to feel more comfortable and interactive with.

The show has had its scandals with one contestant admitting that she was an escort. It was interpreted that she was a prostitute and she was dismissed from the show.

A major change was when the show went from casting all girls to including males. It was at this point that sparks started to fly and the show became more of a dramatic soap opera than a modeling contest.

An extremely flirtatious contestant from Serbia was and sexually involved with three male models on the show. She was a colorful contestant and a key to maintaining viewer interest. It was reported on TMZ that she was murdered in Serbia.

ANTM's changes did make a difference in a negative way. If the plan was to attract higher ratings the plan failed. The show became more annoying than entertaining.


Hollyweird is a term that I created around 1990 which depicts the phony and drug infested atmosphere that exists in the entertainment capitol of the world. At that time it was the behaviors of the NBA's (National Basketball Association) Los Angeles Lakers team that attracted my attention. Full story coming…


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