network plans Christian version of Idol.

network plans Christian version of Idol.
The people who brought you ‘NSync and Britney Spears are now producing a Christian version of American Idol. Gifted will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network and be produced by Wright Entertainment Group, who managed ‘NSync and others. The Orlando Sentinel’s Christopher Sherman outlines the new show, which starts with “a cross-country, summer bus tour to 11 Trinity stations where auditions will take place” with contestants “perform[ing] gospel or contemporary spiritual songs”; two finalists from each audition will go to Hollywood and “perform before a live studio audience and be critiqued by celebrity judges. Eight winners will go on to the finals, where the television audience will choose the ultimate winner, whose career will then be managed by Johnny Wright and Matt Crouch.”

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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