Simon Cowell’s dating show, Cupid, will let woman select group of men.

Simon Cowell’s dating show, Cupid, will let woman select group of men.

Simon Cowell’s forthcoming reality TV show Cupid will reverse the formula followed by shows such as The Bachelor and Mr. Personality. The show’s star–Lisa Shannon, a 25-year-old ad writer–will audition men herself (along with some of her friends), and then find her group narrowed by the show’s viewers.

Simon says he “never understood the premise of a dating show whereby the girls have got to select people who have been pre-selected by producers.” Simon is only producing the show; former MTV VJ Brian McFayden will host.

The 11-week series debuts July 11 on CBS and will air live after the first few episodes; if Lisa stays with the man she selects for an entire year, they get $1 million.

+ also: Simon will be followed for documentary called Being Simon Cowell.

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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