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A Wired interview examines the inception of a new cable channel set to debut this summer called Reality Central.

I should pitch them my own reality show concept entitled “Lifestyles of the Poor and Obscure.” Costs should be pretty minimal, since it’s just repackaged COPS episodes and Jerry Springer clips.

I think these two questions and answers are telling:
<blockquote><p>How will you cultivate new fans?
We’ll expand the base by making it more accessible, and foreign shows will be a big part of that. Some are much racier.</p><p>How far will you go?
Full-frontal nudity. As a basic cable network, nudity is OK but full-on sex isn’t. We may explore racier content as pay-per-view specials.</p></blockquote>
I think they know quite well what will draw viewers, eh?