Fox Reality will repeat Idol 4 and 5

The Fox Reality Channel has, perhaps unsurprisingly, picked up the rights to air American Idol 4 and American Idol 5. The fourth season’s repeats will air daily at 5 p.m. ET starting on Jan. 2 and end on Jan. 17, when season five debuts on Fox. Repeats of the fifth season will repeat starting in March.

Why would someone want to watch all 1,295,215 hours of Idol again? Just to relive the side-splitting homophobic humor of comedy duo Simon and Ryan? To watch Ryan Seacrest kill time? To re-enjoy the Coca-Cola product placement?

Fox Reality promises “never before seen content,” including “exclusive footage and interviews with the contestants,” which the network says in a press release means that “the whole ‘Idol’ story unfolds giving fans more of what they want to know.”

Fox Reality to Premiere Exclusive ‘American Idol’ Original Programming [Fox Reality 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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