Wednesday night American Idol 4 episodes will be cut back to 30 minutes.

Wednesday night American Idol 4 episodes will be cut back to 30 minutes.
The Wednesday editions of American Idol 4, during which Ryan Seacrest screws with the emotions, hopes and dreams of the remaining semi-finalists, will be scaled back. Starting tonight, Ryan will have only 22 minutes in which to drag out the actual results and try to make the semi-finalists cry. According to, these Wednesday episodes will “air at 9:30 p.m. for at least the next two weeks.” Last week’s results show was watched by “nearly 26.7 million viewers,” so the ratings aren’t to blame; the report doesn’t include any reason, other than what we all know: the eps are “always bloated.”

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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