three Idol 4 eps will air some weeks.

three Idol 4 eps will air some weeks.
Changes for the fourth season of American Idol–specifically the decision to make the semifinal group 12 men and 12 women–means that “[f]or three weeks running, the women compete against each other one night and the men slug it out the other, with a results show the third night,” TV Guide reports. In other words, the show will air three times during the week. Why this battle of the sexes format? Producer Ken Warwick says, “Last year, we were a bit embarrassed. We had loads of girls go through and not very many boys.” In other news, the guest judges who will participate in the audition process are Brandy, LL Cool J, Kenny Loggins, and Gene Simmons.

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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