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CW retires Next Top Model after 12 years

America's-Next-Top-ModelAmerica’s Next Top Model is to end on US broadcast television after its next run.

The competition reality show’s 22nd cycle will be its last, host Tyra Banks revealed on Twitter yesterday. Broadcaster The CW later confirmed the news.

Next Top Model initially premiered on The CW predecessor UPN in 2003. After UPN and The WB merged to create The CW, the series became its first-ever show. The new season finale is scheduled for December 4, bringing to an end the format after 12 years.

America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon,” said The CW president Mark Pedowitz.

Internationally, the format, which pits models against each other in a competition to win a contract, remains popular.

Chinese broadcaster Chongqing Satellite Television earlier this year revealed a beefed-up new season of its version following a deal with distributor CBS Studios International.

A new versions was this year created in India for MTV, while local formats continue to run in Germany and other major territories.