Sorry, ‘Mermaids’ Fans, Discovery Channel Is Getting Rid Of Fake Shows
Looks like Discovery won’t be finding new evidence on mermaids anytime soon.
Despite its ratings success with shows like “Mermaids: The Body Found” and “Megalodon: The New Evidence,” new Discovery Channel president Rich Ross said he’s getting rid of fake shows, according to Deadline.com.
At the 2015 Winter TCA press tour, Ross said, “I don’t think it’s right for Discovery Channel, and think it’s something that has run its course.” Ross went on to say shows will still air if they were previously ordered, according to EW, but that type of programming is “not something that’s right for us.”
Ross also addressed Discovery’s critically bashed special “Eaten Alive,” in which (spoiler alert) no one was actually eaten alive. The president said the program was “misleading,” adding, “I don’t believe you’ll be seeing a person being eaten by a snake in my time [at Discovery].”
Though it seems like Discovery’s attempt to grab ratings with sensational shows may be over, other channels in Discovery’s network can breathe a sigh of relief. After he was asked about the fate of shows like Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot,” Ross said he “just has to worry about what I do.”
That’s great news because one day those guys are definitely going to find a squatch.
For more, head to Deadline.com.