American Inventor 2 begins casting Sunday

ABC and Simon Cowell’s American Inventor begins casting this weekend for its second season. The show will visit six cities between now and the middle of April.

The show is looking for “a new and useful consumer product that can be marketed and sold directly to consumers through retail outlets” and “manufactured and distributed in high volume,” according to the eligibility rules. Kids can apply if accompanied by their parents.

The six cities are Los Angeles (March 18), San Francisco (March 25), Chicago (March 31), New York City (April 4), Orlando (April 9), and Houston (April 13). Producers “suggest you arrive at the venue early as we are expecting a large turnout.”

The second season debuts June 6.

American Inventor: Information [ABC]

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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