The One: Making a Music Star debuts tonight on ABC

Endemol’s smash hit reality TV franchise known worldwide as Star Academy comes to the US tonight when ABC debuts The One: Making a Music Star. In Spain, the second country to air the show, the series was insanely popular, and it’s aired in dozens of countries worldwide.

Although it’s yet another music competition series, it takes American Idol one step further by focusing heavily on the drama that occurs when those competing live in a house and have their lives taped. ABC promises “a real-life soap opera as they live and learn together.” There will be no lengthy audition process, as the 11 contestants who will compete for viewer votes have already been selected.

The two-hour premiere airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET and repeats tomorrow at 8, followed by a live results show at 10. Normally, it’ll air at 9 on Tuesdays and 8 on Wednesdays. The show will be hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, a Canadian TV show host whose vowels Ryan Seacrest surely envies.

The One [ABC]

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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