Konami gets license to produce American Idol video games

FremantleMedia has licensed American Idol‘s video game rights to Konami. According to a press release, the deal “grants Konami the rights to develop games for current and next generation video game systems based on” the show. The games will be distributed in North and Latin America.

As MTV.com news notes, “The first, non-Konami batch of ‘Idol’ games was released more than a year ago but met with poor reviews.” Those include the Codemasters’ PlayStation2 game, the Vivdeni Universal PC game, and Game Boy Advance game.

No word about what the games might be like or when they’ll be released. But here’s a prediction: Pressing up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start will cause your character to bang Paula Abdul.

Konami Digital Entertainment Acquires Interactive Game Rights for the Hit Franchise American Idol [press release]

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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