American Idol 2 down to 32; FOX angry about CBS Star Search ad.

American Idol 2 down to 32; FOX angry about CBS Star Search ad.
Simon, Paula, and Randy narrowed the American Idol 2 field dramatically to 32 semi-finalists who will begin performing next week in groups of eight. Viewers, like last year, will vote for the contestants they want to keep. Those eight people will join two wild cards selected by the judges, who are now otherwise relegated to making comments. The semi-final rounds start next Tuesday as the show settles into its 8 p.m. ET time slot, with the booted contestants revealed on the following night, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Also, producers of American Idol are pissed off over CBS’ usage of a new ad that looks and feels a lot like one for their show. They’ve demanded CBS cease and desist airing an ad for Star Search that asks “Who will be ‘The Next American Teen Idol’?” and “adopts the neon-blue colors and script-letters of the ‘Idol’ logo,” the New York Post reports.

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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