FTC kills American Idol phone scam.

FTC kills American Idol phone scam.
The FCC saves us from unwanted breasts, and the FTC saves us from stupid mistakes. People who called certain wrong toll-free phone numbers to vote during the first two seasons of American Idol were told to dial a 900-number, only to be told what the correct voting toll-free number. The scam was born when “three Utah-based companies bought dozens of phone numbers very similar to the toll-free numbers that Idol fans call to place their votes.” According to the AP, “The three companies have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $40,000 for engaging in deceptive conduct and violating federal law, the commission said.” Roughly 25,000 stupid people paid “up to $3 per call during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.”

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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