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As The CW readies its most ambitious summer reality slate, Vadas sees an opportunity to gain momentum for the network’s sweet-spot season, fall.
While Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model was renewed for a 19th cycle — after parting ways with three veterans — and is still The CW’s top reality hit, the search for the next unscripted franchise has been difficult. “I think if you talk to anyone, it’s a challenge,” admits Vadas of series like H8R, which was axed for low ratings.
She hopes new fare like docusoaps The Catalina and Breaking Pointe, singing-competition series The Star Next Door with Queen Latifah and Oh Sit! will boost the network in time for September. “The hope with Next Door is that we get men, women and even kids,” says Vadas, who is expecting her second child in August, adding that she is excited to soon do “the next big relationship show” for the younger generation.