Ryan Seacrest Is No. 1 on THR's Reality Power List
It's been a banner 2011 so far for Eileen O'Neill, who in January was tapped for the newly created position of group president presiding over both TLC and Discovery Networks. And last year wasn't too bad either: TLC's 13-series reality lineup lures an average of 1 million viewers each, including the headline-grabbing polygamy-based Sister Wives. "It's a provocative story but told very humanely," O'Neill says. "We think the family is fascinating." Up next is a slew of what she dubs "stuff" shows: Extreme Couponing, What the Sell and Pawn Queens. Over at Discovery, O'Neill still works closely with Nancy Daniels, the channel's executive vp production, with whom she'll roll out Swamp Brothers and Hogs Gone Wild to join Deadliest Catch, American Chopper and the 24th installment of Shark Week, cable's longest-running, most-watched annual event, which drew more than 30 million people last summer.