Nashville Star debuts, gets a makeover to look more like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars

Nashville Star will be getting a makeover for its fourth season, and the resulting show will look more like American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. The series debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network.

In addition to new hosts who will be “an unpredictable mix,” the show will be dropping the “feel-good projects or fundraisers or home visits” and the “dash of drama from the contestants’ house thrown in,” according to The Tennessean. Instead, we’ll see segments that “follow a contestant through each week’s song choice and any struggles that come up with pitch or tone or high notes or judges’ feedback from the prior show.”

Executive producer H.T. Owens says, “We want to deal directly with what we’re going to see as part of the contestant’s performance. … It’s not going to be Real World in Nashville. The focus on this year’s show is watching these incredibly talented amateurs perform week after week.”

‘Nashville Star’ gets a makeover [The Tennessean]

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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