Ryan Seacrest says he’s “embarrassed” by Idol’s first season

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest says that he doesn’t like to watch the syndicated repeats of the first season, American Idol Rewind.

“I’m embarrassed to see the video. I’ve flipped by it on a Saturday night and I get such a laugh out of how the show has changed,” he told the New York Post. He doesn’t mention it, but one obvious way the show has changed is that his co-host, Brian Dunkleman, left the show (he says he quit because of its cruelty.)

Seacrest says, “We didn’t know what we were doing when we started and I think that may have been the beauty of it. I look back at it and I have a laugh and really enjoy the way we looked, the things that we said — my hair and my clothes are embarrassing at times, I can’t believe I went out of the house that way.”

Now, though, he says he and the judges “have all really developed our roles on the show. Everybody knows what their role is, everybody does their job. We don’t have to over-think anything, as a matter of fact we don’t think about anything. We show up, we go live, we do our jobs, have a laugh and then go to dinner.”

No ‘Idols’ Before Me [New York Post]

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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