October 16, 2012 12:31pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CW Renews 'America's Next Top Model' for 20th Cycle Featuring Male Models
The CW has renewed America's Next Top Model for a 20th cycle and added a twist.
For the first time in the Tyra Banks-hosted series' history, the modeling competition will add male models to the reality series, the network announced Tuesday. The male models are slated to move into the house alongside the aspiring female models.
The series will bypass a spring edition and shift from airing twice a year to purely a spring edition. The franchise, which dates back to the former UPN network, ranks among the CW's highest-rated properties.
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Since moving to Fridays for its 19th cycle in August, ANTM has improved from its former time slot, recently posting a season high of a 0.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
ANTM is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with Bankable Productions. It's exec produced by Ken Mok and Laura Feust and created by Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris.