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Gone to the dogs

My hat goes off to E! Canada once again for picking up risky programming (in this case, from CBS) and offering a wide variety of shows for viewers to choose ...
September 15, 2008

My hat goes off to E! Canada once again for picking up risky programming (in this case, from CBS) and offering a wide variety of shows for viewers to choose from. We all know that no two channel surfers are alike and E! takes great advantage of this with several of their reality shows.

Case in point, Greatest American Dog. Yes, you read correctly. Try not to laugh too hard. I have to say this was a surprise hit for me. I had anticipated it to be a one episode wonder, but it was entertaining, full of fun, and best of all it had no fake drama like many of the other reality shows. Week after week, it was about relationships and the interaction between canines and owners.

Different challenge occurred, just like any other competition, but the difference was that the dogs did all the work in the Best in Show arena and the owners had to rely on their hard work before they arrived at the academy. Job well done for most, a few sad stories for some, but all in all a great run.

The creators did a great job picking a host who was perfectly suited for the roll – Jarod Miller, an avid animal lover and zoologist. It’s all to often that we shake our heads and wonder how a host was chosen, but not in this case – as they say on the show Jarod had a leg up on the competition.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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