Simon will return for Idols 4 and 5.

Simon will return for Idols 4 and 5.
Have no fear: American Idol 4–and, for that matter, American Idol 5–will both include the allegedly acerbic wit of judge Simon Cowell. This is despite the lawsuit pending against Cowell that was filed by show producer Simon Fuller (so many Simons to keep track of). He’s currently taping auditions for the fourth season, which debuts in January. Simon told The New York Post, “I signed a contract a year ago to do three more ‘Idols,’ and I’ve got two more to go. You sign a contract, you make a commitment to somebody. Fox has been very good to me, and I’m going to honor that commitment, obviously.” Of course, he’s threatened to leave before, but that’s because he’s more of a drama queen than Celebrity Mole‘s Stephen Baldwin multiplied by Queer Eye‘s Carson Kressley.
+ plus: Anchorage audition cancelled; final audition will be in San Francisco on Oct. 4.

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.