Carrie Underwood graduates from college; Fantasia will star as herself in a Lifetime movie

The third and fourth season American Idol winners both recently announced major successes, although neither had anything at all to do with singing.

Carrie Underwood graduated from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma on Sunday. Earlier, she “withdrew from school just three credits shy of graduating” to compete on the show, but now she “graduated magna cum laude” according to People, earning a degree in journalism. Maybe FOX will hire her to write the “Jaded Journalist” section of the show’s web site.

Meanwhile, Lifetime is planning to air “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,” a TV movie directed by Debbie Allen that will be based on Fantasia’s book, which is coincidentally titled Life is Not a Fairy Tale. And who better to star as Fantasia than Fantasia herself?

Production begins this month in New Orleans, Zap2it.com reports, and the film will debut in August. The movie also stars Loretta Devine and Kadeem Hardison, but alas, not Nancy McKeon.

Idol Winner Carrie Underwood Graduates [People]
Fantasia Playing Fantasia in ‘Fantasia Story’ [Zap2it.com]

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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