Idol spins off Celebrity Idol

Celebrities will compete in a new edition of American Idol, which will be known as Celebrity Idol. Ten celebs will compete for $1 million, which will be given to their favorite charity. The celebs will not be singers, but actors or others who “who can sing but aren’t known for singing,” FOX’s Mike Darnell says. “We’re going to go for the biggest talent possible.”

The same producers will produce the new series, and Darnell says they “hope that the judges and Ryan will do the show.” Still, he says the new show will be “completely disconnected from ‘American Idol.'”

Variety reports that “an early fall or November sweeps premiere seems logical,” and the show will air for just a few weeks, rather than for half of a damn year like its parent.

‘Idol’ wishes on stars [Variety]

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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