American Idol is watched in 154 countries

Although there are versions of Idol produced around the world, American Idol itself has, since the second season, been seen around the world.

Idol is now “shown in about 20 markets via terrestrial broadcasting and reaches another 60-plus markets through satellite feeds for Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East, for a total of 154 countries,” the AP reports. Among the show’s fans are Princes William and Harry; Harry recently told interviewers that his brother “won’t admit to it but we did both watch [reality TV], especially the American ‘Pop Idol.'”

Over time, it “has gradually gone into the international marketplace. And it’s been very, very successful,” FremantleMedia’s David Ellender told the AP. In part, he says that’s because “American music is universal.” And so is money: The international distribution helps contribute to the estimated $1 billion+ that the show and its derivations draw worldwide.

‘American Idol’ Proves Global Reach [AP]
William, Harry admit fondness for reality TV [AP]

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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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.