Simon turned down hosting, film offers; will likely return for season two.

Simon turned down hosting, film offers; will likely return for season two.
Simon Cowell, the bitchy, biting, and British judge of both American Idol and Pop Idol, has been offered everything from a gig hosting CBS’ revival of Star Search to leading roles in movies. He turned them all down, telling the New York Daily News, “There is something that I’ve learned from this job and that’s if you’re involved in something successful, don’t believe the hype for a moment. My job at the end of the day is to try to create formats that will sell records.” The paper also reports “he is close to signing on for another edition of the show”–as are the other judges, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
+ plus: UK winner Will Young calls finalists “brilliant,” says they “seem more polished.”

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.