Simon: “American audience is much more sophisticated than the English” one.

Simon: “American audience is much more sophisticated than the English” one.
In Entertainment Weekly’s cover story about American Idol, judge Simon Cowell has praise for the US show’s audience, saying it is “much more sophisticated than the English audience” because they’ve been “absolutely spot-on week to week.” Also in the story, producer Nigel Lythgoe says he will have a “major meeting” with the judges because “[t]hey’ve got to stop biting back at each other. They are not there to criticize each other—they are there to critique the kids.” Asked who will return for American Idol 2, he says, “There are three or four great, talented people that will come out of this series. And they are performers. Not judges, not hosts.”
+ plus: auditions begin for UK’s Popstars 2.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.