Zombies at American Idol auditions scream, “Television rots your braaaaaaains!”

Fifteen actors dressed as zombies descended upon the American Idol 5 auditions being held at the University of Texas at Austin last week.

UT grad student Nick “Muntean organized the zombie horde using the online forum Craigslist. He posted an ad soliciting people who would like to ‘raise awareness about the brain-melting nature of television by pretending … to be a zombie, and terrorizing throngs of vapid pop-star hopefuls at the ‘American Idol’ auditions,'” The Daily Texan reports.

But they weren’t able to crash the party, as producers knew they were coming–and filmed them for possible inclusion on the show. Coordinating producer Patrick Lynn told the paper, “We’ve been on 24-hour zombie watch. We thought it would be fun to have them on the show.”

Thus they signed waivers and were filmed, proving that in 2005, media exposure always trumps subversion.

Zombies descend upon Erwin Center [The Daily Texan via Towleroad]

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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