" The influence of Reality TV has been insidious, pervasive. It has ruined television, and by ruining television it has ruined America," - James Wolcott
"Chalk it up to crass commercialism. All those shows are programmed on their perceived popularity and how how well they sell to sponsors. We see this with the rash of UFO and ghost shows on this channel, along with speculative mysteries and pseudo science. This type of programming requires less research and documentation, in fact, one could say just about anything, as long as it is interesting. In addition, they've bought into the fact that reality TV is better than substantive documentary. History Channel, like other channels, weigh the cost and time to produce a program. If a reality series will carry the same or more viewers with less effort, then producers will go the more cost effective route. In general, I believe that the History Channel is endemic of the tv industry. I predict that we are witnessing the demise of television, as we've known it. It is excessively laden with commercials and pop-ups, and the programming is less than challenging and insists on appealing to the lowest common denominator."