Ryan Seacrest replaces Casey Kasem on AT40, preps new live TV show.

Ryan Seacrest replaces Casey Kasem on AT40, preps new live TV show.
Brian Dunkelman, get out your Ryan Seacrest voodoo doll. The remaining American Idol host is on the verge of even greater success–also know as overexposure, if that’s still possible. A report in The New York Post says Ryan will take over American Top 40 (the contemporary hit radio version) from Casey Kasem next month. A press release out today announced that Kasem has signed a 10-year deal to keep doing the other two American Top 20 shows (did you have any idea there were three?) Thus, we’ll still be saddled with 10 more years of those awful melodramatic request and dedications in between our Christina and Justin. Additionally, Ryan is prepping his new one-hour live variety/news/whatever show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Studio audience tickets are currently available; the show debuts Jan. 12, one week before the new Jan. 19 premiere date of American Idol 3. The show will debut a day early because of the State of the Union 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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