Mario Lopez joining Extra as co-host and correspondent, will host Miss America

Mario Lopez may have been wandering the streets of Los Angeles on the night that he lost Dancing with the Stars 3 because he thought he was “the better dancer,” but he has a few reasons to be happy now.

First, he’s been signed to host the Miss America pageant, which airs later this month on CMT. A network exec told Entertainment Tonight that he “is a fantastic choice to host the ‘2007 Miss America Pageant.’ With his soaring popularity, his former hosting experience and his undeniable charm, he will certainly excel as this year’s host.”

That’s apparently what the producers of Extra thought, too. They’ve signed him “as cohost of its weekend edition and as a correspondent with the daily program,” according to Variety. In addition, he also has “a talent-holding deal with the CW” network.

He’ll be “welcomed to the ‘Extra’ family” tonight, according to the show’s web site, but “will make his official debut as part of ‘Extra’s’ Golden Globes red carpet coverage on Tuesday, January 16,” the site says. Oddly, the Golden Globes air Monday night, so either he’ll just be covering the red carpet after the fact, or this is the way Extra hazes its new employees.

Mario Lopez to Host ‘Miss America Pageant’ [Entertainment Tonight]
Lopez joining ‘Extra’ [Variety]
Mario Lopez to Join ‘Extra’ Family [Extra]

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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