Jones stars in the scripted/reality hybrid series Anchorwoman, premiering on the Fox Broadcasting network August 22, 2007. Some journalists voiced outspoken criticism of her 30-day broadcast-news stunt at a small Tyler, Texas television station, with The Washington Post reporter Howard Kurtz calling it "a bad joke. A former swimsuit model with zero journalism experience pretending to be a television anchor at KYTX. What on Earth is the station thinking?"
That same year, Jones worked on the Baywatch Workout video series, and appeared in the Foreplay Inc. clothing catalog.
it was awful. it was some fox and friends local clone. and the big thread of drama in this show is that they are all upset that someone who isnt a real journalist is on their show tainting their integrity.
oh did i mention they have a dog that does the weather?
Fox Cancels Anchorwoman
Reality Series Debuted with 1.0 Rating Wednesday Night
In the tradition of highly promoted flops that lasted just a single episode like ABC’s Emily’s Reasons Why Not last year, Fox canceled Anchorwoman, a network spokesperson confirmed Thursday afternoon.
The show -- about a former model and World Wrestling Entertainment performer who becomes a news anchor -- debuted Wednesday night to a miniscule 1.0 rating in the adult 18-49 demo.
The network will air repeats of Til Death in its place for at least the next three weeks, but those anxious to see how Lauren Jones’ journalism career turned out can do so by catching unaired episodes at FOX.com and via the Fox On Demand service.
`Anchorwoman' Canceled After One Airing
Friday August 24, 8:21 am ET
Bad News for `Anchorwoman' As Fox Series Is Yanked After One Low-Rated Episode
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here's news that Fox's series "Anchorwoman" wouldn't want to deliver: It's been canceled after one low-rated airing.
The debut of the reality show about Lauren Jones' attempt to turn herself into a news anchor for a Texas TV station drew an estimated 2.7 million viewers Wednesday, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research.
That number is about a third of the viewership Fox attracted a week earlier with the finale of its popular "So You Think You Can Dance."
Jones was a Barker Beauty on "The Price Is Right," Miss New York and featured WWE Diva before the series put her into the newsroom of KYTX Channel 19 in Tyler, Texas.
Unaired episodes of "Anchorwoman" will be available on Fox's website through Fox on Demand, the network said Thursday.
I didn't watch the show but that's stupid that they don't even give these new shows a chance to build an audience. Not everyone plans their weeks around watching tv shows but they catch them later through other avenues. Networks have got to lighten up....or maybe it just sucked that bad, what do I know?
Something similar happened last season when shows like Smith, Kidnapped and The Nine were put on the shelf after only a handful of airings. The ratings for these shows were surprisingly low, and the budgets were very expensive for TV, especially Smith, so the networks probably decided to cut their losses rather than waste time with shows that they felt probably wouldnt build audiences anyway. Its obviously more about money and revenue than keeping viewers happy.
Obviously its a bit different when considering a stupid reality show, but the whole 'cut your losses' premise probably still holds.