Elvis and Idol now owned by same company; writer rates the finalists.

Elvis and Idol now owned by same company; writer rates the finalists.
The company behind American Idol and Pop Idol has been acquired by the company that now owns Elvis’ estate. CKX will “pay up to $161 million and 1.87 million CKX shares to purchase 19 Entertainment Ltd., a private company based in London,” The New York Times reports. The company name means, in part, “Content is King,” and the Times says CKX owner Robert F. X. Sillerman wants “to assemble an arsenal of entertainment content with an eye to emerging distribution technologies like on-demand television and hand-held devices.”

Back to the show, if the overwhelming niceness of American Idol 4 makes you die a little inside, or if listening to Paula Abdul’s “criticism” your eye twitch, you’ll appreciate
Dave McGurgan’s break-down of the finalists
. Take, for example, his assessment of Bo, who he says is “hairy. He’s ugly. He looks like Captain Caveman. Bo Bice. The fact that Bo knows how to run around on stage and act out rock-and-roll’s most clichéd moves does not make him a good singer. He’s probably the best bar band singer from Helena, Alabama who, due to collective temporary insanity, managed to get onto ‘American Idol.'” And it just gets more brutal from there, as he writes Mikalah would be “more tolerable if she kept her mouth shut, which for her, is impossible.” He predicts a win by Nadia Turner who “is confident, thrilling and a pleasure to watch. Which is more than I can say for most contestants.”

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.

about the writer

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.