Pop Idol 2 debuts Saturday.

Pop Idol 2 debuts Saturday.
Although the US version has already burned through two seasons, the second Pop Idol series begins tomorrow–well over a year after the first series concluded. The show starts at 7.15 p.m. Saturday on ITV; beforehand, a one-hour special will update viewers about previous contestants–and air opposite the BBC’s Fame Academy, which began July 26. Simon Cowell will again judge; he says that “the desire this year is stronger,” and says “the American girls tend to be better than the English girls” but there are “English girls who are very, very good. Certainly much, much better than we saw in the first series.” Last year’s winner, Will Young, attempted to enter again but was caught because he used his real address.

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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