Canadian Idol 4 debuted last night

Last night, CTV debuted the fourth season of Canadian Idol, apparently not realizing that it was a holiday on which we’re supposed to solemnly remember those who died for their country in wars, not be filled with mindless entertainment. Sometimes Canadians just act like they’re not Americans at all.

This season, the show will more closely mimic its US cousin, eliminating the wildcard round, replacing it with a semi-final round with “two groups of 11 competitors (called the Final 22), of which five each will advance to the Top 10,” according to a sourceless Wikipedia report.

Co-host Jon Dore, the Brian Dunkleman to Ben Mulroney’s Ryan Seacrest, did not return to host, leaving Mulroney to carry the show himself.

Canadian Idol [CTV]

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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