As the Hollywood Writers’ strike rages on for its third consecutive month, there’s been a void in the television sphere, similar to when the writers went on strike in the early 2000s. The last time the WGA, or Writers Guild of America, decided to go on strike in hopes of winning better wages and working conditions for their members, the quality of serialized television significantly plummeted, leading to the era of reality TV, a new product that took advantage of a unique market inequality in which the supply of new tv shows was drastically decreasing while the demand continued to soar as the strike waged on.
As Hollywood writers continue to endure, the shows that were first created during the last strike might see this as a golden opportunity for a Renaissance era. Established franchises such as The Bachelorette and The Voice are probably bracing for record viewership. Across the country and abroad, studios are preparing to veer their audiences toward reality television as executives anticipate a much longer strike that has already gone on.
For those that love reality television and all aspects surrounding it, however, there are plenty of silver linings in this strike. As scripted shows fall to the wayside due to the lack of creative minds available to create them, reality tv should receive a significant viewership and engagement boost, further guaranteeing their continued success and longevity.
Aside from fans of shows like The Bachelorette and The Voice, another group that could look to capitalize on this period are entertainment bettors, those who cast wagers on reality competition series and look to profit off of them using their predictive skills and betting guides.
Whether it’s a physical-based competition like Survivor or The Amazing Race, a talent tournament like American Idol or America’s Got Talent, or a social game like Big Brother or TheBachelor, there’s no shortage of trials on reality tv that give bettors the opportunity to cash in on.
One popular show to bet on is The Voice, which recently wrapped up its 23rd season earlier this spring. In what was long-time judge Blake Shelton’s final foray into the series, the finale turned out to be everything that fans and bettors hoped for. In his final season, Shelton brought two competitors to the finale in Grace West and NOIVAS. This gave Shelton a strong shot at walking away from The Voice on top, as both members of his team were given the top two odds to win it all in aggregate.
West was the favorite with 19/5 odds ahead of the semifinal round, with NOIVAS a close second with 9/2 odds. Despite bringing in the two most anticipated acts, Shelton would walk.
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