with two group slots open, is American Juniors “insufferable” or “refreshing”?

with two group slots open, is American Juniors “insufferable” or “refreshing”?
Disagreeing with The New York Times’ Frank Rich, who called American Juniors “Fox’s insufferable weekly tots’ talent contest,” and with viewers who have been steadily abandoning the show, Slate’s Ann Hulbert says it is “refreshing summer entertainment for the family.” She argues that “the low stakes … are the source of the show’s appeal” and that “all the Idol prime-time glitz hasn’t really managed to transform that timeless American favorite, the youth talent contest, very much.” So far, three group members (of an eventual five) have been selected: Taylor Thompson, Tori Thompson, and Chauncey Matthews.

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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