Starz debuts Looking for Stars tonight

Starz, the series of pay movie channels, is launching its own reality TV talent search tonight with Looking for Stars, which debuts at 8:50 p.m. ET.

Kind of like the Animal Planet series Meow Mix House that debuted Friday, this show is also for those with short attention spans: episodes last just 10 minutes. Over 14 of those quick episodes, 300 auditioners in five cities will be narrowed to eight finalists, one of whom will win “a speaking role in an upcoming Revolution Studios picture,” according to the show’s web site.

That film is Next, an action/sci-fi/thriller that stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Biel. Among the judges for the contest are, in New York, Gawker editor Jessica Coen, and former MTV VJ Alan Hunter, who will appear in all five cities.

Looking for Stars [Starz]

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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