Has it come to this? If one thing seemed solid in media it was that the combination of Fox and Reality, say what you will about them, were the last sure thing for ratings gold.

From Temptation Island to American Idol to Oliver North's FNC war stories thing, whenever the Fox folks threw a little souped-up quasi-reality at the public, the viewers came flocking. And the rest of media followed suit.

But now either a corner has been turned or even reality TV has succumbed to the first bite of the plague infesting the rest of media. The Wrap reports that the Fox Reality Network announced today that it will go off the air next year.

The network has been the home for such end of civilizations classics as Paradise Hotel and The Search for the Next Elvira. For Idolographers, its AI recap show Idol Extra, which featured exclusive backstage footage was critical viewing.