American Juniors debuts tonight.

American Juniors debuts tonight.
FOX gives kids ages 6 to 13 a chance at stardom (but not humiliation) tonight at 8 p.m. ET when American Juniors debuts. Unlike its parent show, however, there won’t be just one winner, but five, and together they’ll form a new group. The show’s structure involves viewers voting for their favorite contestants each week to both narrow a group of 20 to 10, and to pick the five winners from that group of 10 finalists; in other words, no one is voted out, but they’re voted in. The three judges have yet to be named; they’ll appear on the June 17 episode, when Ryan shows up for the first time. USA TODAY says the eight-week show is “a pint-sized, cruelty-free ‘Idol,'” although “Fox’s typical cruelty angle centers on micromanager stage moms.”
+ also: Ryan: “I read what I’m given.”

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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