World Idol airs on Christmas day.

World Idol airs on Christmas day.
If you celebrate Christmas, you’ll be glad to know that right about the time when you get sick of arguing about the Iraq war with your family, FOX will interrupt your gathering with World Idol. It airs in the US at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 25, and will include eleven Idol winners competing for the title of the best (manufactured reality TV show) singer in the world. Voting is open to viewers in all of the competitors’ home countries, but viewers can’t vote for their nation’s representative. Using a voting and point system that makes the electoral college look like drawing straws, producers will tally votes and then declare a winner. That happens at 9 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day, so hung-over people all over the world can tune in to watch right about the time they wake up.

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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