Upfronts 2012: NBC axes “Minute to Win It,” “Fear Factor,” “Sing-Off”

The Peacock network also moves The Voice to the fall, renews four more factual shows including Fashion Star (pictured), and confirms four new ones: Howie Mandel's White Elephant, dating show Ready For Love, Surprise with Jenny McCarthy and Stars Earn Stripes.
May 14, 2012

U.S. broadcaster NBC has dropped eight reality shows from its schedule.

Unveiling a comedy-centric fall line-up as part of its 2012 Upfront, the Peacock network also revealed talent show The Voice will move to the fall for its third season, placing it in competition with the second season of Simon Cowell’s The X-Factor on Fox.

Reality shows dropped from the schedule include Escape Routes, Fear Factor, The Sing-Off, Minute to Win It, The Marriage Ref, Who’s Still Standing?, It’s Worth What? and Who Do You Think You Are?

In addition to The Voice, returning factual fare includes The Celebrity Apprentice, Fashion Star (pictured above), The Biggest Loser and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.

Reality shows joining the fall slate include Howie Mandel’s White Elephant, a game show based on a popular holiday party game from producers Universal Television and Alevy Productions; the Eva Longoria-produced dating show Ready For Love, from producers Renegade 83, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal Television; and variety show Surprise with Jenny McCarthy from producers A. Smith & Co. and ITV Studios.

Also confirmed is Stars Earn Stripes, a series that will put nine celebrities through a military boot camp, from producers Universal Television, One Three Television, LLC, Wolf Reality, LLC and Bill’s Market & Television Productions and executive producers Dick Wolf, Mark Burnett and David A. Hurwitz.

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