NBC debuts America’s Got Talent tonight

NBC debuts America’s Got Talent tonight at 9 p.m. ET, adding yet another talent search reality TV show to the lineup of unwatched talent search reality TV shows. The Simon Cowell-produced talent search show won’t feature the acerbic Brit as a judge, but it will feature another acerbic Brit as a judge, Piers Morgan. Joining him as judges are David Hasselhoff and Brandy, and to ensure the show’s a complete joke, Regis Philbin hosts.

Like American Idol, contestants will audition and then gradually be voted out, with the winner getting $1 million.

No critic has apparently seen the show yet, but Regis and Simon did do a conference call together, where they proved, to a “revolting” degree, according to the Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes, that they love each other. Simon said of Regis, “I never in a million years dreamed I could get Regis; it was the quickest and easiest decision any of us had to make. … NBC said yes in a millionth of a second and was doing cartwheels.”

And Regis said that it was Simon who was responsible for Idol‘s success. He “single-handedly caught the attention of the whole country and brought them to this show,” Regis said. And Simon replied, “Regis, I love you — I love you, Regis. I need this on a daily basis. I do appreciate it. Thank you. Thanks for that, Regis.” At least we now know one talent the show will reward: ass-kissing.

America’s Got Talent [NBC]

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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