Barça’s weekly work plan: increased load

first_imgBarcelona press the accelerator with the intention to arrive in the absolute best circumstances at the beginning of the competitors, taking into consideration the quite a few obstacles when working because of the protocol established by LaLiga. This week enters a key stage for the participant’s readjustment to competitors: particular person coaching will increase his workload, including within the classes a sequence of extra demanding circuits, with the inclusion of dry stops, deceleration and adjustments of route, along with including the auxiliary exercises (fitness center with weights) to finish the bodily conditioning. They are going to be brief classes, however very intense, searching for the participant’s rehabilitation to the mechanics of soccer in each means.Throughout this week additionally it is deliberate to finish a progressive coaching plan, with classes of stimulation of power and prevention (particularly after confirming the primary post-confinement harm), with particular consideration to optimizing work, that’s, that carried out on the sector of play, which is able to improve in depth and specificity. The bottom of the work within the subject will probably be executed by means of the directed circuits, which attempt to mix the bodily work with the technician. The primary goal is to get well the elasticity of the tissues by means of eccentric actions corresponding to decelerations, sudden braking and adjustments of route, at all times having contact with the ball as a base within the workout routines. Additionally, the ratio between acute and continual work will probably be taken under consideration throughout this week. The acute ratio is what was executed that day and the continual ratio is the common in the course of the week. With these information, the development and conduct of every participant may be evaluated individually, with the precedence of stopping accidents and overexertion. The precedence goal that the bodily trainers have set on the finish of this week is to achieve 50% of bodily conditioning, a determine that’s thought of acceptable to start out group coaching, though within the present circumstances they are going to be group classes decreased to a most of eight gamers. per subject, as set out in section three of the LaLiga protocol. Within the plans of the bodily trainers, Monday, Could 18 is about as the start of the collective classes. Till then, a minimal of 5 particular person classes will probably be held, starting from much less to extra by way of depth and period.last_img read more

Brathwaite innings inspired by mom

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Carlos Brathwaite’s boundary-studded half-century on yesterday’s rain-hit second day of the third Test against Australia carried deeper value than just fours and sixes.The audacious right-hander carved out 69 off 71 deliveries with seven fours and four sixes, and while the innings sustained West Indies’ fightback at 248 for seven at the close at the Sydney Cricket Ground, it also had a special significance.Brathwaite has dedicated his career to his mother, Joycelyn, who is a breast cancer survivor. And with the third day of the Sydney Test designated ‘Pink Day’ in support of the fight against breast cancer, the Barbadian’s knock could not have been more timely.”Mom messaged me and said the first 50 was for her. So, overnight, she was telling me that I have 35 of her runs, so get the other 15 today and then start over fresh for mine,” Brathwaite said yesterday.”I ended with 69 – so that’s 19 for me,” he added with a smile. “She not a ‘big’ cricket person, but she understands a bit about the game and she has been a tremendous supporter all my life.”‘Pink Day’ is an initiative of the McGrath Foundation – organised by fast bowler legend Glenn McGrath in honour of his late wife Jane, who died of breast cancer seven years ago.Ahead of the match, members of the West Indies and Australia teams posed for special team photos wearing pink caps and interacted with breast cancer patients and their caregivers.With first-hand knowledge of the struggle against the disease, Brathwaite made it his duty to speak to the visitors and offer words of encouragement.”Just to see someone who went through it and people that care for people going through it, I just felt the need to put my arm around them and say, ‘Thanks for the job you are doing’,” he said.”And then I went to the lady (with breast cancer) to say, ‘You are a fighter, you are a survivor, and just keep going’.”Brathwaite revealed that his mother was diagnosed during 2011, the year he made his debut for the Windies in Bangladesh. He shaved his head during that tour to show solidarity and sent the photos home to show his support.”She took it better than I did. I was the one stressing all the time, wondering if she was okay, crying at times, and she was always the one with a smile on her face,” he recalled.”Through the ordeal, I cried the whole night, slept away from home because I couldn’t manage to stay with her and watch her going through it. But she was really buoyant throughout, always smiling and cracking jokes.”She is a very spiritual person and she was always saying, ‘Just keep faith and God will come through for you’. And her ordeal showed me what God can do, and that is why I have the faith I have.”SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES 1st innings(overnight 207 for six)K Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 85S Hope c wkp Nevill b Hazlewood 9DM Bravo c Khawaja b Pattinson 33M Samuels run out 4J Blackwood b Lyon 10+D Ramdin not out 30*J Holder c Burns b O’Keefe 1C Brathwaite b Pattinson 69K Roach not out 1Extras (b5, lb1, nb1) 7TOTAL (7 wkts, 86.2 overs) 248To bat: J Taylor, J Warrican.Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Hope), 2-104 (Bravo), 3-115 (Samuels), 4-131 (Blackwood), 5-158 (K Brathwaite), 6-159 (Holder), 7-246 (C Brathwaite)Bowling: Hazlewood 15.2-5-37-2, Pattinson 16-3-67-2 (nb1), Lyon 35-12-78-2, Marsh 4-1-15-0, O’Keefe 16-5-45-1.AUSTRALIA – *S Smith, D Warner, J Burns, U Khawaja, A Voges, M Marsh, +P Nevill, S O’Keefe, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: C Gaffaney, I Gould; TV – M Erasmus.last_img read more

Alia takes swimming to new levels

first_imgLONDON was Alia Atkinson’s third Olympic Games but it was also her breakthrough moment and her performance there catapulted Jamaican swimming to a whole new level. Atkinson first competed in Athens in 2004 and finished 25th in the 200m breaststroke in Beijing in 2008, but as a 23-year-old with college experience under her belt, Atkinson went to a third Olympic Games. Having tied with Canadian Tera van Beilen for eighth place in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m breaststroke, Atkinson was forced to swim off with the North American to decide a spot in the final. Then-Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica president, Martin Lyn recalls the intensity of the experience. “At first she was a little almost nervous even though it was her third Olympics but as she progressed she became more and more confident. That came to a head when the swim-off occurred. She was ready to swim but the Canadians wanted to put the swim-off to the next day and we (Jamaican officials) ensured that the swim occurred within hours of the previous swim and because she was so fit and ready she was able to perform and she won the swim off by metres,” Lyn told The Gleaner. The swimmer was supported by members of the Jamaican contingent in the Olympic Pool at the finals in London and they watched as Atkinson came within metres of a bronze medal. She eventually finished fourth Lyn, who was president of the ASAJ from 2009-2015, said Atkinson’s exploits in London helped to attract more interest and sponsors to the sport, as the image of swimming being one for elitists, slowly shifted. “The popularity of aquatics definitely grew as a result of Alia’s performance and more sponsors became aware. It takes more work for us to push sponsorship and to bring up other Alia’s in Jamaica and we have in Jamaica which are very many (like her). We have a great programme and I see where we can produce many more Olympians in the pool,” Lyn said. He added that the increased sponsorship helped the association to send Atkinson to events overseas which helped improve her stature as well. “It (London) was the first time she was swimming against Europeans because she had never been to Europe and we were able to send her to Europe after that which is why she has been able to do so much better,” he noted. Atkinson, now 27, is looking forward to her fourth Olympics. Since 2012 she became the first black woman to win a world title when she set a world record in the 100m breaststroke at the 2014 Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Atkinson also won a bronze medal in 100m breaststroke and silver in the 50m breaststroke at the Long Course World Championships in Kazan, Russia in 2015.last_img read more

Sports minister salutes champion cricketers

first_imgMinister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange describes the West Indies men’s team as “true and worthy champions” after they became the first team to win the ICC T20 World Cup twice.Grange also congratulated the women’s team for winning their first-ever ICC T20 Women’s World Cup, calling it “a giant step forward for women in sport”.”It is really a historic occasion and I’m really happy that I’m the minister at this time. We won the Under-19 World Cup and now added the men’s and women’s ICC T20 World titles,” said Grange.The Caribbean men edged a pulsating four-wicket win over England in the grand showdown at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India, with Carlos Brathwaite smashing four mighty sixes in the final over.IMMENSE PRESSURE”Like every West Indian, I was nervous, too, with 19 runs required from the final over. But Carlos Brathwaite showed that he has a big, big heart. He believes in himself, and his calmness under such immense pressure is indicative of his quality and sheer class. Marlon Samuels was outstanding as well. It was his innings that was pivotal in making this victory possible.But overall, this team has proven throughout the tournament that they are true and worthy champions and it’s a victory most deserving for the entire region and all West Indians around the world,” said Grange.West Indies Women defeated their Australian counterparts by eight wickets in the earlier final.”Today is another giant step forward and a great moment for women in sports, especially for those of us from the Caribbean,” the minister said.”I must reserve special praise, though, for women’s team captain Stafanie Taylor, who I know personally as a little girl growing up in Gordon Pen in my constituency.”As the first woman to lead the West Indies ladies to their first-ever world title, she’s now a part of history that can never be eclipsed.”Grange added: “I am also pleased to tell the country that I will be resuscitating and fast-tracking plans for the Stafanie Taylor Oval at Eltham High School.”Continuing, she said: “We must not overlook the contributions of the West Indies Cricket Board, the coaching and management staff, the sponsors and ardent fans. They have all played their part in this momentous occasion for West Indies cricket, which, undoubtedly, remains an emblem of regional integration, pride and joy.”last_img read more

Ray Parks blasts MPBL for its Fil-foreign rule

first_imgLATEST STORIES The son of seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Ray Parks Sr. expressed his disgust on his Twitter account saying how can a league label him a foreigner when he was born and raised in the Philippines.“First time in my life I was considered an American in my own home country,” Parks wrote on Wednesday. “Dito ako lumaki, dito ako pinanganak, may Filipino passport ako (This was where I grew up, this was where I was born, and I have a Filipino passport.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Bobby Ray Parks Jr. slammed the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League’s ruling on limiting teams from having more than one Filipino player with foreign blood on its rosters.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GlobalPort dumps struggling NLEX for third win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn a report, league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes announced that the MPBL will limit teams from getting more than one Filipino-foreign player and that the player should not be taller than 6-foot-4.The new rule came about when expansion team Mandaluyong, which will have Mac Cuan as its head coach, will be fielding in Parks and fellow Filipino-American Lawrence Domingo. Cuan, Parks, and Domingo were all part of the Alab Pilipinas team that won the ASEAN Basketball League.Parks even went on to decry an almost racist policy the MPBL made.“Dahil sa kulay ng balat ko at dahil tatay ko ay Amerikano dapat na akong ikonsider na foreigner sa sarili kong bayan (Just because of the color of my skin that I’m considered an American, should I be considered a foreigner in my own country?” Parks posted.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UFC 235: Kamaru Usman wins welterweight belt, Ben Askren chokes out Robbie Lawler in debut

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Ben Askren, Woodley’s close friend and training partner, survived an opening-minute beating and rallied to choke out Robbie Lawler midway through the first round of his own UFC debut.Light heavyweight champ Jon Jones took on Anthony Smith in the main event of the pay-per-view card at T-Mobile Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 31-year-old Usman, a Nigerian-born Texan and former NCAA Division II wrestler, broke into the UFC in 2015 on its long-running competition reality show. He won his first eight UFC bouts and battered ex-champ Rafael Dos Anjos last November to earn his shot at Woodley’s belt.“Can’t nobody handle me,” Usman said. “I’ve been wanting this fight, and I’ll be honest, I might not be the best striker in the world. I might not be the best wrestler in the world. But when it comes to mixing this (stuff) up, I’m the best in the world right now.” MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After a close opening round, Usman dominated the second with top control on Woodley, who couldn’t escape or avoid Usman’s elbows. Usman peppered Woodley with body shots in the first three rounds, and he appeared to be close to finishing Woodley in the fourth with punches.Usman won 50-44 on two cards and 50-45 on the third.The 34-year-old Askren’s UFC debut and unbeaten record almost ended abruptly when Lawler picked him up, slammed him down on his head and battered him with punches that left Askren badly bloodied.“It took me a little while to get my bearings after the slam,” Askren said. “I was mostly surprised at how quickly he got me up and down.”Askren survived and eventually gained position on Lawler with a bulldog choke. Lawler was furious when referee Herb Dean stopped the bout, insisting he was fine in the choke. Some cageside observers thought Lawler was unconscious, but he sprung out of the stoppage.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NU stops Adamson’s run, Ateneo halts skid at UE’s expense Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “I was bleeding all over the place, so I just squeezed as hard as I could. Everyone is upset with Herb, but he came in and checked on Robbie (in the clinch), and Robbie gave him (no response). As a veteran, that’s on Robbie. That’s not on Herb or me.”The outspoken Askren (19-0), a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, joined the UFC late last year after a decade fighting in other promotions and sparring with UFC President Dana White on social media. The UFC surprisingly added him to its roster last year, trading former flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to the One Championship promotion.“Dana, is that the best you’ve got? Bring it, baby,” Askren said after beating Lawler.Lawler, the former welterweight champion and crowd-pleasing brawler, was fighting for the first time since December 2017 after tearing a knee ligament in his loss to Dos Anjos.Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt took his third straight loss in the PPV opener, getting stopped by Pedro Munhoz in the final seconds of the first round after their fight turned into an all-out brawl.Earlier, Brazilian light heavyweight Johnny Walker injured his shoulder while doing a celebratory Worm after stopping Misha Cirkunov with a spectacular flying knee in the opening minute.Diego Sanchez, the 37-year-old champion of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” earned his second straight victory with a second-round stoppage of Mickey Gall.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Kamaru Usman, right, kicks Tyron Woodley during a welterweight mixed martial arts title fight at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Kamaru Usman claimed the UFC welterweight title Saturday night, dominating Tyron Woodley for a one-sided unanimous decision victory at UFC 235.Woodley (19-4-1) had been the UFC’s 170-pound champ since July 2016 and defended the belt four times, but Usman (15-1) got off to a quick start and never let up in his first career title shot. Usman celebrated in the cage with his daughter before his hand was raised in victory.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Body found floating in Canal No 1 trench

first_imgThe body of a male of East Indian descent was spotted by a resident floating face down in a waterway running from east to west at Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara on Friday at about 11:00h. Fished out therefrom, the body was clad in an orange T-shirt, a pair of cream three-quarter cargo pants, and a black hat. The Police were summoned, and according to information they supplied, no marks of violence were evident on the body.It is presently at the Ezekiel Funeral Home, awaiting identification and a post mortem.last_img read more

Stage North Presents “A Christmas Story” Opens Tonight

first_imgMaybe you’ve only seen the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story” once or twice. Growing up in the midwest in the 1940s, 9-year-old Ralphie Parker begins a quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. – Advertisement -December 29th, 30th & 31st at 7:00 pm. Adults $20.00, Students & Seniors $17.00, Children $14.00Tickets are available from the North Peace Cultural Centre box office. Call 250 785-1992 or go online for ticketsFor more about Stage North visit www.stagenorth.calast_img read more

Tejon Ranch to ban lead bullets

first_imgA 270,000-acre private ranch in the Tehachapi Mountains, Tejon Ranch is a popular hunting ground. Just 23 California condors were alive 25 years ago, but thanks to a breeding program, the state’s condor population has risen to 70, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Parts of Tejon Ranch are important feeding and roosting grounds for the giant vultures, said Jeff Miller, conservation advocate for the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity. The condors have been seen as far south as Placerita Canyon and Bear Divide near Newhall. Lead bullets remain a primary threat to the birds. Tejon Ranch’s ban on the bullets was applauded by environmental groups and the Fish and Wildlife Service. LEBEC – Hoping to protect rebounding condor populations, Tejon Ranch will ban hunters from using lead bullets on the massive property near the Los Angeles-Kern county line. When condors eat game felled by lead bullets, they risk ingesting the bullets and getting poisoned. A recent University of California, Santa Cruz, study backed up the threat posed to condors by lead bullets. “We know that hunters are really conservationists; they know the importance of balance in nature and the value of protecting endangered species,” said Barry Zoeller, spokesman for Tejon Ranch. “So we’re sure that they’re going to embrace this change on the ranch.” The ban goes into effect Jan. 1, 2008. Miller offered guarded praise for the ban. “It’s fantastic that they’re the first major entity to go lead-free for hunting,” he said. “But the flip side is they’re planning some major development … that’s going to devastate critical condor habitat.” Some 1,800 hunters a year visit Tejon Ranch, which is home to deer, elk, antelope, wild pigs, wild turkey and quail. Zoeller said an alternative to lead bullets are those made of copper and alloys, which he said work just as well. The delayed in the ban allows hunters to test those bullets, he added. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Extra dose of reality due on tube because of writers strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAs a result of the now monthlong strike by the Writers Guild of America, almost none of the most popular shows on prime-time television will be offering new episodes to viewers after the first of the year, or for the near future. In their place on the networks’ schedules will be repeats or reality programs, some of them returning but many of them new – shows like “The Moment of Truth,” a Fox offering in which contestants are strapped to a lie detector and asked about their most intimate secrets on a national stage. The flood of reality programming will be the first repercussion that many Americans will see in prime time from the writers strike, an event that has drawn relatively little concern beyond Hollywood and Manhattan. But the strike looks likely to continue; talks between the writers and Hollywood studios collapsed Friday, with the sides still deeply divided. While late-night talk shows were almost immediately forced into reruns because of the strike, those shows draw a small fraction of the 40 million viewers who tune in to the prime-time offerings of the four major networks each weeknight. The strike-fueled growth in reality programming also has the potential to change the face of prime-time television for years to come. Reality programs generally do not employ union-represented writers. While the most popular dramas and comedies will resume production of new episodes once the strike ends, the strike could mean the end for several new series, like “Bionic Woman” on NBC or “K-Ville” on Fox, that have struggled to gain a regular audience this fall. TELEVISION: Networks looking for ways to fill void left by writers strike. Each year television viewers emerge in January from the traditional December blizzard of holiday specials and college football bowl games seeking new comforts from their favorite comedies and dramas, shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Two and a Half Men” and “House.” Come January, however, they are more likely to be left to joust with the real-life “American Gladiators.” Just as the last writers strike, in 1988, helped to spawn a new form of verite entertainment epitomized by programs like “Cops” and “America’s Most Wanted,” the current writers strike will witness the debut of a number of new reality concepts. “The Moment of Truth” is but one of as many as 27 hours a week of reality programming that the broadcast networks are planning for the first quarter of 2008, according to schedules released in recent weeks and interviews with network officials. That appears to be the most ever for the relatively young reality genre and represents roughly a 50 percent increase from the 18 hours to 19 hours of reality programming that the networks have scheduled in recent seasons. New reality Among the new reality offerings is “Oprah’s Big Give,” a contest on ABC sponsored by Oprah Winfrey to see who can give away large sums of money to society’s greatest benefit. ABC has long planned to have the series premiere in early 2008, but its potential effect on the network’s ratings is now more important, given that the network’s most successful shows will be appearing in reruns. At the other end of the spectrum is “American Gladiators” on NBC, a revival of a late-1980s competition that pits contestants against professional athletes in feats of strength, and “When Women Rule the World,” a Fox series that features male contestants trying to survive in an environment ruled by women. Not all of the comedies and dramas in prime time will be repeats. Some returning series have long been scheduled to resume their run after the first of the year, including “Lost” on ABC and “Medium” on NBC. Some new series also had been set for premieres in January, including “Eli Stone” on ABC and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” on Fox. In addition, some continuing series have one or more individual episodes remaining, including most of the police dramas on CBS. The deluge of new reality programming has become necessary because, in the weeks since the members of the Writers Guild of America stopped working on Nov. 5, nearly all comedy and drama series have shut down production for lack of new scripts. The writers are seeking a deal that will give them a share of the profits derived from the use of their material on the Internet and in other electronic media. Filling schedules The networks are now using the strike as an opportunity to fill their schedules with less-expensive reality programming. Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, said as much at an investor conference on Dec. 4. “We have added a number of reality programs to February,” Moonves said. “We have a lot of terrific plans, and ratings probably will not be as high without the influx of all of our great original programming. But by the same token, costs will be down considerably.” Laurie Ouellette, an associate professor of communications studies at the University of Minnesota, said that after growing steadily in the first half of the decade, the amount of prime-time programming devoted to reality shows had remained relatively flat since 2005. That was thanks in part to the emergence of a new crop of popular dramas, including “House,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Criminal Minds.” “But many of those programs are going to be in hiatus because of the strike,” Ouellette said. “And the networks are responding to the need to come up with shows that are a cost-effective solution to that problem.” Reality shows, which generally cost $1 million per hour to produce, are far less expensive than most prime-time dramas, which can cost $2 million to $3 million per episode. CBS is in many ways responsible for the recent growth of reality programming. After the initial success in 2000 of “Survivor,” the network’s groundbreaking castaway competition, the amount of reality programming in prime time grew steadily, from about four hours in 2000 to roughly 18 hours in 2005. After the first of the year, CBS will double, at least, the amount of reality programming on its schedule, to four hours from two this fall, including another installment of “Survivor,” the game show “Power of 10” and three hours of “Big Brother.” NBC will nearly double its amount of reality programming, to seven hours from four. The network has scheduled one of two hourlong installments of “Deal or No Deal” in the Monday hour formerly devoted to “Heroes” and given over the slot normally filled by “The Office” and “Scrubs” to a celebrity version of “The Apprentice.” And ABC, which has yet to announce formally details of its schedule for the new year, could significantly increase its reality programming from the five to six hours it has run this fall. The network is expected to bring back “Wife Swap” and “Supernanny,” schedule new editions of “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelor” beginning in March, and add new series, including two more dance competitions. The ABC shows could account for as much as 11 hours of weekly programming, although it is unlikely that the network will schedule all of those shows concurrently. Fox, which schedules only 15 hours of prime-time programming per week, compared with 22 hours each for the other three networks, is keeping its total level of reality programming about steady at seven hours. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more