The hit modeling show America's Next Top Model (ANTM, and Top Model) was created and presented by supermodel, Tyra Banks. Over the years it has been on air the show has been hosted on many networks and maintained a large following. From the first cycle in 2003 to the third cycle, the show played on United Paramount Network (UPN). The next nine cycles CW Network showed ANTM, from 2006 to 2015. From 2016 on, the network playing the modeling show is VH1.
The final season of America's Next Top Model to air on CW was cycle 21. There are reasons why Banks decided to move her show onto a different network after so many years. Daily News confirmed the network switch and gave fans some information on what exactly is going on for the future of ANTM. According to a source who knows Banks, "the move may have been inspired by one of two things: either Banks’ exit from the show slashed the salary expenses enough for it to be viable with a new host; or the collapse of her follow-up show FAB Life means that she’s available to help Top Model once again."
Some judges stayed with Banks from the beginning through 2016, but new judges have joined and left. The judges who have been on the show for many seasons are Banks (1-21) and J.Alexander (5-13) &21. He was brought back for the 21st cycle for a male vs. female competition. Kimberly Nordyke interviewed with runway coach, J. Alexander for The Hollywood Reporter about coming back to the show for yet another season. J. Alexander's response to the question about why ANTM has been popular for so long reveals America's dedication to the show.
"I tried to answer that question to myself last week. I don't care how many franchises there are around the world; it always comes back to the American one. It's the most-loved and most-watched around the world, and I don't know what it is. Maybe it's just that dream of being in the U.S. and living here in the land of opportunity."
Do you think that the show will stop at cycle 22, living on in the form of re-runs, or will new seasons be released?