Channel Five, Sky both want to bring Pop Idol back to the UK

Two networks in the UK are vying to bring American Idol‘s parent back to the air. Although the American version has aired five seasons, Pop Idol only aired two seasons, and then was replaced by ITV with The X Factor.

Now, however, “ITV’s option has run out” and “Channel Five and Sky [are] battling with ITV to re-launch it,” The Sun reports. The return of the show would have “less emphasis on the judges and more on the performers,” according to the paper. It will not, however, feature Simon Cowell, who is too busy with the American version and other things.

A Sky executive says “Pop Idol is a great brand and when it’s clear what programme is available, we’ll look at it,” while an ITV exec told the paper, “We have made it clear that we want to be included in the pitch round for Idol and we have been told we will be.”

Pop Idol return planned [The Sun]

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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