American Idol plans “a big event show” that “will blow America away,” producer says

American Idol 6 will have “a big-event show, sometime in the middle of the season, something that will blow America away,” according to one of its executive producers.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz told the New York Daily News that they’re working on this “huge event,” but refused to say what it was.

This appears to be partially in response to the possibility that ratings will drop. Frot-Coutaz says that such a drop is “always in the back of your mind. The only thing we can do is make the best show we can and find the best talent as possible. The rest, some of it is up to Fox and how they promoted it. The rest is the competitive landscape. If we keep giving [viewers] something entertaining, it will be fine.”

Again, though, she doesn’t say what this entertaining “huge event” will be. Maybe Paula Abdul will do a shot of NyQuil every time Simon uses a superlative? The finalists will travel to karaoke bars around the country and perform live from there? The eliminated contestant will be fed to rabid wolves, or, worse, the studio audience?

‘Idol’ plans a midseason bang [New York Daily News]

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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