rumor: Idol may be next Super Bowl halftime show; copycats abound overseas.

rumor: Idol may be next Super Bowl halftime show; copycats abound overseas.
Next year’s Super Bowl, airing on FOX, could feature American Idol stars as the halftime show. Although the NFL says such speculation is “beyond premature,” the New York Post reports “the idea of an ‘Idol’ halftime show seems like a slam dunk.” And USA TODAY ‘s Rudy Martzke reported last week that Fox Sports Chairman David “Hill said Fox might suggest a halftime show involving all the winners of the network’s top-rated American Idol show.” “Might suggest”–that sounds pretty definitive to me. Overseas, copycats of reality shows abound, including an Idol rip-off in Thailand. But “networks are slowly choosing big brand backup over homegrown imitations,” Variety reports.
+ also: Simon says Simpsons appearance was “the best thing I’ve ever been asked to do.”

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.