American Idol renewed for four, maybe six more years; Simon Cowell will return

American Idol 5 will not be the last season of the show withe Simon Cowell, nor will it be the last season of the series. FOX has renewed the show for “four more seasons with an option to renew for an additional two seasons,” according to Reuters. As part of the deal, producers 19 Entertainment and “FremantleMedia will receive a ‘significantly increased’ license fee from Fox in line with the higher advertising rates set for the coming season,” and “Sony BMG remains the official record label for American Idol winners.”

Simultaneously, Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller settled Fuller’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Cowell in the UK; had they not, Simon could have bailed and sold his X-Factor show to another US network.

Later today, FOX will announce the American Idol 5‘s schedule, which may have an hour-long results show airing on Thursdays.

Fox locks up ‘Idol’ for 6 more seasons [Reuters]

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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