Dancing with the Stars 4 will debut in March, could face off against American Idol

Before Dancing with the Stars 3 even concluded, ABC already informally announced plans for a fourth season of its runaway reality hit. Dancing with the Stars 4 will debut in March.

The network is at least considering letting the show face off against American Idol. The Hollywood Reporter says “the time period [is] still being worked out as ABC is trying to figure out whether to run it opposite the ‘tsunami’ that is Fox’s ‘American Idol.'”

While that seems like a fascinating yet colossally stupid idea, this is ABC, America’s most incompetent broadcast network.

The announcement was made at an International Radio & Television Society Foundation panel Wednesday, where ABC VP Jeff Bader said, “I have a feeling ‘American Idol’ is going to go down. TV Week says his statement had “just the right mix of ‘I’m kidding’ and ‘I’m betting’ in his voice.”

ABC’s ‘Dancing’ machine to return [The Hollywood Reporter]
Network Execs Talk Patience at IRTS Panel [TV Week]

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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