Nashville Star 5 debuts tonight, features finalists who are siblings

USA Network kicks off the fifth season of Nashville Star at 10 p.m. ET with a 75-minute episode.

Jewel steps in as the new host, joining Cowboy Troy. Besides yet another host change, the show moves to Thursday nights at 10, having previously aired on Wednesdays.

The 10 finalists have already been revealed on the show’s web site. Two are 18, one is 36, and the rest are in their 20s. And two of the contestants are actually siblings.

As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, the series “has established a loyal fan following — not to mention a successful track record — of its own.” Both “Buddy Jewell and Miranda Lambert have topped albums sales of half a million, while last year’s winner, Chris Young, has sold more than 100,000 copies of his debut release.”

Nashville Star 5 [USA Network]
Critic’s TV picks for Thursday: ‘Nashville Star’ [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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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