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Between the relatively recent emergence of so many streaming platforms like Max, Hulu, Netflix, Peacock, Paramount Plus, to name a few; there’s an open gap for new content to fill. If there’s one thing we know, it’s that executives are very willing to go back into the past to get new ideas from old. Take a look at the re-emergence of Queer Eye, which Netflix managed to revive to critical acclaim. Even Joe Millionaire got a reboot! So here, we’re going to list off 3 cancelled reality shows that, if you’re reading this executives, deserve just one more chance.

MTV’s The Phone

While the phone wasn’t critically received well at all (it premieres to less than a million viewers) the premise for the show is adept for a modern day revival. The show worked similarly to the 1997 movie ‘The Game’ with Michael Douglas. Unsuspecting people had signed up months earlier for a show that would come to fruition at a random date and time. Eventually, this lead to them being thrown directly into an action sequence following a phonecllwhere that they had to work their way through.

The Phone Reality Show Trailer

From mock executions, bombs going off, exposing chemical conspiracies – the show was a bombastic explosion of everything action movie fans love. The plot lines we’re outrageous. Take this scene that players were put into:

Players witnessed the deaths of two environmentalists and had to expose a chemical company's conspiracy before the CEO finished off the last remaining environmentalist alive.

It’s incredibly difficult to find anything online about the Phone or any full episodes that still exist. Maybe for the better. Still, with a Netflix sized budget this show could realize the full potential it originally had missed out on with another season.

Beauty And The Geek

What happens when you put together incredibly awkward and incredibly smart ‘geeks’ with women who are objectively beautiful? Five seasons of good television and multiple spinoffs abroad. Beauty and the Geek was a reality show that followed a group of beauties and geeks that had to pair up and avoid elimination each week to win a $250,000 prize.

In the show, the men and women would take turns going into each others group and being selected by a member of the opposite sex to be their partner for the duration of the show. From there the teams would attempt to avoid elimination each week in a series of challenges, with typical reality TV nuance in between. While Beauty and the Geek from the outside seemed stereotypically sexist and demeaning to a degree – within the show the members managed to mature. Both sexes found value in each other beyond the stereotypes and in wholesome moments broke the mold. According to some cast members that we’re previously on the show, there were also some relationships between the beauties and geeks as well.

Beauty and the Geek is available to watch on Youtube in full

Watching the two groups interact was more than interesting. Despite the feeling that originally some of the cast was playing into their (beauty or geek) roles, when the camera’s had been rolling for a series of weeks you got to see that neither side was as uninspired as they had lead on. You got some genuinely heartfelt moments and relationships between teams that looked like they truly cared for one another.

Despite this, the show eventually ran it’s course. Show runners did attempt to create additional seasons using C-list celebrities as the beauties but it never came to fruition. All we’re saying is… we don’t hate that idea.

Dog Eat Dog

Dog Eat Dog was a vibe. It looked gritty, it looked 2002. It had the same aesthetic of a Pop-Punk band and it was all the better for it. The reality gameshow was a mix between physical challenges, mental, and intellectual. The host Brooke Burns lead the show masterfully, even if at times it felt overly salacious (especially for a show developed in 2002).

In Dog Eat Dog players would vote for the other player they think is most likely to fail the upcoming challenge. If that player managed to succeed despite the opinions of other contestants they’d avoid the ‘dog pound’ and continue along with challenges. This continued until the final ‘trivia showdown’ in which the top dog would compete against the other contestant – selecting the contestants they thought would get each trivia question wrong to compete against one by one.

The top prize of the show was only $25,000, which wasn’t much considering how dangerous some of the challenges were on the show. Competitions ranged from playing trivia against child prodigies, collecting flags on a net, to forcing themselves to cry. It was the epitome of a show that had no idea what it was doing and what it wanted to be, but that was why it was so appealing.

What cancelled reality shows would you bring back into the fold? There are hundreds to choose from, but we thought we gave a well rounded bunch. Some shows lacked the budgeting and marketing to ever have a real chance at success – while others really should never have been green lit. Let us know what show would be your top contender for a reboot.

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3 Cancelled Reality Shows that Deserve Another Season