FOX picks up Simon Cowell’s Duets, which merges Idol and Dancing with the Stars

Simon Cowell is executive producing a new talent competition series for FOX, Duets, that sounds like a combination of American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.

The show, which the UK’s ITV has also picked up, “would have professional singers partnering with celebrities outside of the music business to perform duets in front of a live studio audience,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. It “features each duo setting a musical theme from which they pick songs to perform in front of a panel of judges, with viewers having the final say in voting off contestants.”

However, FOX’s pick-up of the series is “a cast-contingent order,” according to THR. In other words, if they can’t line up good celebrities, the show won’t happen.

Cowell’s latest amateur hour: ‘Duets’ for Fox [The Hollywood Reporter]

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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