Are These The 5 Worst Reality Show Spin-Offs Of All-Time?


Brooke Hogan promo photo - 'Brooke Knows Best'

Some reality spin-offs work and some just don’t.

No matter how you feel about the Kardashians getting yet another show on E! or Mark Cuban and his investor buddies popping up on another SHARK TANK-related show this summer, let’s all take a moment and consider this: it could always be much, much worse.

Here are five times reality show spin-off simply didn’t work out:

HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO (TLC)
2012 – 2014

This gem made the list by virtue of simply promoting and enabling “Mama June” Shannon’s (and TLC’s) exploitation of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson — who gained notoriety through her appearances in pageants on TODDLERS AND TIARAS.

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BROOKE KNOWS BEST (VH1)
2008 – 2009

While no one could blame her for bailing on her parents — (especially during a messy divorce!) — Brooke Hogan’s move to a Miami condo, paid for by VH1, lacked the charm of watching her live under her wrestling star father’s roof on HOGAN KNOWS BEST.

Which says a lot about both Brooke and the show.

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THE APPRENTICE MARTHA STEWART (NBC)
2005

There are just too many reasons this show didn’t take off.

For starters, THE APPRENTICE works because of the personality of Donald Trump.

You either love him or you hate him. For the most part, Martha Stewart is unassuming and unappealing to the same audience who tunes in to watch the Donald.

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THE PAULY D PROJECT (MTV)
2012

Who on Earth ever said they wanted more of ONLY Pauly D?

While Snooki and JWOWW’s JERSEY SHORE spin-off was picked up for another season, Pauly D’s DJ career wasn’t enough for the net’s discerning viewership to keep tuning in.

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NEW YORK GOES TO WORK (VH1)
2009

For one season, Tiffany “New York” Pollard spent nine weeks working for a $10,000 bonus if she could stay at a job.

The jobs, chosen by viewers, ranged from fast food employee to clown.

She managed to earn the bonus four times but viewers weren’t impressed.

Neither were VH1 executives.

What reality show spinoff could you have done without?  Sound off in the comments section below!

Blake Stilwell

Blake Stilwell

Blake Stilwell is a writer and adventurer who loves television, film, and international relations. He is a former military combat photojournalist who has worked for ABC News, NBC Olympics, and HBO. Based in New York, often found elsewhere.
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