The CW just presented their new schedule for the upcoming season and boy was it a SHOCKER. Only one show remained in its time slot, while everything else was shuffled around. Included in the massive relocation was “America’s Next Top Model“. The modeling competition was booted to Friday nights at 8 pm. OUCH.
Given its declining ratings, CW’s decision to move it is actually quite brilliant. At this point only hardcore fans watch the show and will most likely follow it to the virtual wasteland known as Friday night television viewing. If ANTM garners the same ratings as it does now, in its new Friday slot, it will be considered a success. That means we can expect more cycles in the future. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad one ;)
For Cycle 19, Tyra and company have a few major changes coming our way. First off, the show will have its first ever college edition. This was inspired by Banks’ recent graduation from Harvard Business School. Coeds from any higher education institution qualifies, including beauty schools. LOL. The next change is HUGE and will appease many of ANTM’s diehard fans.
For the first time on the American version, it’ll allow viewer votes to factor in with the judges’ decisions. In other international cycles, this is nothing new. They have incorporated viewer votes in their live finales for years. Starting on May 24, fans will have two opportunities a week to vote online at www.cwtv.com based on the photos taken during production. These votes will be factored in each week when Tyra and the judges eliminate someone. Speaking of judges. Meet Nigel Barker and Jay Manuel’s replacements below.
Sitting on the panel with Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone, will be male fashion model Rob Evans. I fully approve of this decision, as I’ve featured Evans in one of my Model Behavior posts. Hopefully, there’s a brain to match that pretty head and smoking body of his. Nigel during the early years was one of my favorite judges.
Taking over Jay Manuel on the photo shoots is Johnny Wujek. He’ll be the creative consultant on the shoots and guide the girls on set. Wujek is a sought after stylist who’s worked with Katy Perry, Shakira and Rachel Bilson. He’s also really close friends with the latter as you can tell in the picture above.
What do you think of all the upcoming changes to ANTM? Will you follow the show to Friday nights? Do you think Rob Evans and Tommy Wujek are great additions? Sound off below.