When Women Rule the World

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When Women Rule the World
GenreReality television
Presented byJudi Shekoni
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Executive producers
  • Jean-Michel Michenaud
  • Chris Cowan
  • Charles Duncombe
Running time1 hour
Production companyRocket Science Laboratories
Original networkFox
Original releaseJune 2, 2008 (2008-06-02) (unaired)

When Women Rule the World is an announced reality television series originally announced to premiere on Fox Broadcasting in spring 2007,[1][2] then pushed to June 2, 2008, then delayed again in April 2008.[3] However, the show never aired in the United States.[4]

The show consisted of 12 women and 12 men sent to a "primitive location" where the men were forced to be subservient to the women. The women voted off one man per week. The final man left was awarded $250,000. Cast members include Carla Turco, Jacky Reres, Karen Mangeney, Mike Babassi, Robbie Kaller. The show was hosted by Judi Shekoni.[5]

The show was broadcast in Finland on MTV3 and in Belgium on PLUG RTL (summer 2010).[6]


Mike Darnell, Fox's head of reality programming, explained that the series was shelved due to being dormant for too long. He commented: "[When Women Rule the World] will never make it [to the schedule]. Nothing's wrong with it, it just sat on the shelf too long. Sometimes things sit on the shelf too long and get old."[7]

The series eventually aired in Finland.[8]


The United Kingdom's Channel 4 negotiated with Fox for a license to make a British version of the show, which aired for eight weeks starting on 4 September 2008.[9] The UK version was filmed in the Dominican Republic and hosted by Steve Jones.

The show consisted of eight women and ten men.[10] Ed won the competition, beating G-Range in the final. His prize was £30,000.

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  1. ^ Adalian, Josef (January 16, 2007). "Women rule new Fox show". Variety. Archived from the original on April 15, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  2. ^ "Untitled Document". Archived from the original on 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  3. ^ Zap2It.com: "'Women' Trouble: Fox Shakes Up Summer Schedule Again", April 8, 2008
  4. ^ "Breaking News - FOX Gives Updates on "Lie to Me," Reality Projects | TheFutonCritic.com". www.thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  5. ^ When Women Ruled the World (TV Series 2008– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2019-06-24
  6. ^ "MTVuutiset.fi". mtvuutiset.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  7. ^ "FOX Gives Updates on "Lie to Me," Reality Projects". The Futon Critic. Futon Media. January 11, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  8. ^ Schneider, Michael (August 28, 2009). "Reality shows battle … reality". Variety. Archived from the original on February 15, 2023. Retrieved February 15, 2023.
  9. ^ Adam Benzine, "Channel 4's Women Rule The World" C21Media.net, 19 March 2008. Accessed 28 March 2008. "The UK format licence was negotiated by Gill Hay, C4 deputy head of acquisitions, and Steve Cornish at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution. The UK version of the series was commissioned by Andy Auerbach, C4 entertainment commissioning editor, and produced by September Films."
  10. ^ "All 4 | The on-demand channel from 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 2019-06-24.

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