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]

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.