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Fox considering bringing 'Paradise Hotel' Back This Summer


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Report: Fox considering bringing 'Paradise Hotel' back this summer

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Almost a year and a half after it last aired and nearly a year after its "never-ending" Forever Eden sequel was cancelled after only seven episodes, one of the producers of Fox's Summer 2003 Paradise Hotel reality series says the network is discussing the possibility of bringing the show back for a Summer 2005 run.

A sleazy guilty pleasure that Fox originally envisioned as a Big Brother-like summer programming franchise of its own, Paradise Hotel started off slow in the ratings, but built strongly over its four-month Summer 2003 run. Its strong summer performance resulted in Fox executives repeatedly all but formally announcing their intentions to air a Summer 2004 edition of the show, before later deciding to capitalize on the format's popularity by leveraging it into the year-round "never-ending" Forever Eden series that failed miserably.

In an interview with United Kingdom industry news outlet C21 Media, Charles Thompson, one of the executive producers of both series and the managing director of their UK-based Mentorn production company, told the media outlet that Fox reality programming head Mike Darnell is considering reviving the show. "We're exploring the possibility of bringing it back," Thompson told C21 Media.

Referring to the ratings performance of a local version of Paradise Hotel that has been airing on Sweden's TV4 network, Thompson added that "Mike has been impressed with the performance of the format in Sweden, despite the fact that it was produced for much lower budgets that the Fox original."

Given that Fox gave Forever Eden an unusually large twenty-five episode initial commitment that resulted in the series becoming an embarrassing $20 million flop, the production budget issue is not considered an insignificant obstacle. According to C21 Media, a number of cost-reducing options are being considered, including product placement and the possibility of Mentorn accepting a reduced up front production fee in exchange for a larger portion of any back-end sales.

Also reportedly on the table -- just when you thought you might have finally seen the last of Toni Ferrari -- is a return of Paradise Hotel's original cast.

Thompson also cites an enraged "Christian lobby" that allegedly effected Paradise Hotel's ad sales as one of the reasons for Fox's decision to not previously resume the series, however given that even Raleigh, North Carolina's WRAZ-50 (the most conservative of the network's affiliates) never pulled Paradise Hotel from its broadcast schedule -- something it did do for Who's Your Daddy, Married In America, Temptation Island, and Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire -- and that the network broadcast its equally raunchy Forever Eden successor, the accuracy of that comment would appear debatable.

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Last season's cast will definately be hard to beat but I'm ready for it. I loved Kieth and Charla and was so happy when they won. I could have gone the rest of my life without Toni.

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Ok as much as I hated to admit it I watched this show...I didn't just watch this show I lived and breathed this show and I will be overjoyed if fox decides to bring it back. Ok I'm gonna go and hide now I promised myself no more cheesy reality shows! :oops:

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This was my "closet" show. I loved it and am glad to hear they are thinking about bringing it back. I used to hide in the bedroom and watch it and if anyone came in I'd switch channels really fast.

Man, they broke the mold with Toni. Remember those eyes of hers. Good lord.... :shock:

There was as much drama, if not more on this as there was on BB. Just different.

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Even though I'm a reality show... errr ummm (promiscuous girl :oops: ) I refused to watch this show at the beginning and then about 1/3 the way in, I too was a "closeted" watcher... tee hee

smoore... I agree that keith and charla deserved the final two spots BUT in the end charla proved to be the selfish, self-centered, user that everyone thought she was... AND why they didn't like her... what she did to that poor shmuck at the end was soooo sad. Keith on the other hand prooved that you can still do what you need to do to win the game but, still be a "good" guy. I knew I liked him for a reason. :D

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  • 2 weeks later...
OMG, Paradise Hotel is coming back??!! Oh I'm so happy! Paradise Hotel was so much better than Forever Eden!! I am definitely a closet PH viewer...my friends don't even know that I watched it!! I was so sad about missing the last few episodes cuz I was out of the country on vacation. But this time my butt is staying firmly rooted to my couch! :D
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  • 2 weeks later...

OK I was not in the closet watching I was sitting in the living room going come on pick someone good.... I loved this show and found it amusing that one of the final guys was the geek the guys picked thinking he would be a easy target for the girls to pick off.. see guys even geeks need love....

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