Contender casting, will air midseason on Tuesdays opposite American Idol.

Contender casting, will air midseason on Tuesdays opposite American Idol.
NBC’s forthcoming Mark Burnett boxing reality series, The Contender, “will be a midseason entry on Tuesday nights–facing off its time slot against Fox’s biggest show, American Idol,” the AP reports. Open casting calls continue today, Wednesday, and Thursday in New York City, and then move on to other cities. Burnett says they’re looking for “characters” with “charisma”: “To be a star, you’ve got to be a great boxer, but you’ve also got to have great charisma. What’s wrong with boxing today? There are not enough great characters.” The show’s host and co-producer, Sylvester Stallone, showed up at yesterday’s casting call and reiterated Burnett’s thoughts: “The Contender, is not about boxing. It’s about people who box — and that’s a big difference.”

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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