Menudo will be “revived, recast and reinvented” with a reality series

For its 30th anniversary next year, boy band Menudo will make a comeback, searching for a new generation of Ricky Martins and then showcasing the new group on a reality series. The New Menudo will feature a new group of 15-year-olds who “will star in a ‘Making the Band’-style series, in which they’ll all live together in New York City,” the New York Daily News reports.

Auditions start October 12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will continue in other cities. Then, according to the show’s site, “Winners of the qualifying rounds will audition in public performances to be held at malls in New York, Miami, Orlando, San Juan, Houston, San Antonio, Chicago, San Diego, Phoenix, and Los Angeles early next year.” Those selected will be in the band until they turn 19, when a replacement will be selected; previously, the group consisted of teenagers ages 12 to 16 or so.

The reconstituted group was announced earlier this year, but the reality show component is new. It won’t be a talent search, though; instead, the group “will be promoted through a pop-culture marriage of ’80s nostalgia and a decidedly 21st-century entertainment trend — the reality show,” the Daily News says.

Reinventing Menudo [New York Daily News]
Menudo [Yahoo Musica]

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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