Scott Hamilton will host Skating with Celebrities

FOX’s latest round of plagiarism has announced its cast. Skating With Celebrities, a rip-off of ABC’s successful summer show Dancing with the Stars, is currently in reherasals, and when it debuts sometime this fall, it will be hosted by Scott Hamilton. As it turns out, my knee-bashing prediction was somewhat prescient, as Nancy Kerrigan is one of the skaters taking part. Tonya Harding, however, is nowhere to be found.

FOX is going to be slightly original, dumping the audience vote in favor of letting the judges decide. As Variety reports, “Fox’s show will rely solely on judges — including Olympic star Dorothy Hamill — to determine weekly winners, rather than letting viewers have a say.”

The celebrities and their skating partners are as follows: Bruce Jenner and Tai Babilonia, Dave Coulier and Nancy Kerrigan, Todd Bridges and Jenni Meno, Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler, Debbie–er, Deborah–Gibson and Kurt Browning, and Jillian Barberie with John Zimmerman.

If you don’t recognize some of those names, such as Good Day L.A. forecaster Jillian Barberie, it’s allegedly not because FOX couldn’t find talent. Instead, Variety reports that producers “had to turn away a number of celebs who wanted to do the show but simply weren’t up to snuff as skaters.”

Olympians skate to Fox skein [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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