American Idol best and worst DVDs released today

Four seasons of American Idol highlights and lowlights are captured in three new DVDs released today. Previously, the only Idol-related DVD was a first-season compilation, American Idol: The Search for a Superstar.

For the optimists who enjoy the series’ heartwarmning success stories, there’s American Idol: The Best of Seasons 1-4, and for those who just like to mock delusional people, there’s American Idol: The Worst of Seasons 1-4. A limited edition, 570-minute set contains both DVDs plus a third bonus disc that includes an interview with interview with Paula Abdul.

The Philadelphia Daily News’ Ellen Gray says the three-disc set is “a little heavy on both the ‘worst’ and on Paula Abdul,” but that it “contains some of the best performances of the first four seasons.” She also says that the extras are lame, such as an interview with a producer: “Sample: Executive producer Ken Warwick, asked why the show’s such a sensation, replies that’s it’s because ‘America’s in control.’ Riveting stuff, that.”

Get your fill of ‘Idol’ from new DVD set [Philadelphia Daily News]

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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