Idol exec: “some people don’t want to spend two hours watching poverty and people suffering”

When Idol Gives Back, American Idol 6‘s two-night for-charity event, begins tonight, viewers won’t have to worry about being sad or missing out on karaoke.

Producers “have to be really careful, because people watch ‘American Idol’ for entertainment and to see their favorite contestant,” executive producer and FremantleMedia COO Cecile Frot-Coutaz tells the AP. She continues, “Maybe some people don’t want to spend two hours watching poverty and people suffering.”

In other words, our ratings are more important to us than actually helping people. Frot-Coutaz, who most recently insisted that Sanjaya wouldn’t win just days before he was eliminated, says, “we’re going to try to do it in a way that gives them great entertainment but raises awareness for people who are very poor, and children in particular, in the United States and Africa.”

Tonight’s show will be a typical one-hour performance show, although contestants will sing “‘life anthem’ songs of compassion and hope,” according to the AP, and viewer votes will result in contributions from corporations. Tomorrow night’s results show will become a two-hour telethon co-hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and featuring performers including Kelly Clarkson and Bono.

‘American Idol’ Hits High C, for Charity [AP]

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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