Nashville Star 5 auditions begin Aug. 31; the show will debut in January 2007

USA Network has renewed Nashville Star for a fifth season, and will start to search for contestants later this month. The show will visit 13 cities during a month and a half period starting Aug. 31.

According to the show’s web site, it will return in January next year, rather than its usual start date of mid-March. Typically, the series lasts eight episodes and thus begins and ends while American Idol keeps chugging along all spring. Perhaps they’re expanding the competition or the series this year, or perhaps they’re just starting earlier.

Auditions will take place in the following cities; check the show’s site for details and updated information:

  • Aug. 31: Atlanta and Kansas City
  • Sept. 6: Indianapolis
  • Sept. 7: Los Angeles
  • Sept. 14: Oklahoma City and Chicago
  • Sept. 21: Las Vegas and Tampa
  • Sept. 27: Albuquerque
  • Sept. 28: New York
  • Oct. 5: Charlotte and Dallas
Nashville Star Open Calls [USA Network]

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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