FOX may sue ABC over Idol expose; Paula’s lawyer says affair story is “defamatory.”

FOX may sue ABC over Idol expose; Paula’s lawyer says affair story is “defamatory.”
ABC’s upcoming Primetime Live expose on American Idol will air one week from tonight, and it’s already generating controversy. Matt Drudge is reporting that “ABC has been warned in writing it could face legal fallout,” as “FOX owner Rupert Murdoch has informed executives that it appears ABC is attempting to maliciously ‘destroy’ the nation’s most-watched series as it heads into the final weeks.” According to Drudge, “FOX believes ABC has interviewed a half a dozen losing contestants–contestants who will claim AMERICAN IDOL producers and judges somehow manipulate the show’s outcome!” A source at Idol told Drudge that, specifically, “[ABC] is trying to say Paula somehow cheats and picks favorite singers to nurture, in violation of some sort of network standards.” The New York Daily News also reports that Paula Abdul’s lawyer “fired off a letter to ABC News warning them to back off unsubstantiated allegations against Abdul.” Paula’s spokesperson said the story about her alleged affair with Corey Clark is “a false story that’s defamatory to Paula.”
+ also: Lisa de Moraes on ABC’s “breathless” press release about its “Fallen Idol” special.

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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