post-Idol, five million attempted calls came from Hawaii; 1.2 mil got through.

post-Idol, five million attempted calls came from Hawaii; 1.2 mil got through.
Apparently Simon Cowell has more power than he thought: After saying Jasmine Trias had “better hope every household in Hawaii has at least five telephones because you’re going to need all the support you can get tonight, seriously”, she got all the support she needed from the state. After American Idol 3 on Tuesday, Verizon says “Hawaii residents attempted a record 5 million cellular and landline calls.” And “[o]f those, 1.3 million calls got through–another record,” a Verizon spokesperson tells E! That’s an amazing number in part because Hawaii has only about 1.2 million residents. Verizon says about that many calls, 1.2 million, came from New Jersey that night.

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.