Dancing with the Stars judges, Snoop Dogg, newlyweds get reality shows

ABC is spinning off a new show from Dancing with the Stars, using its two non-geriatric judges for a competition called Dance X. Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will “act as coach-choreographers” who will be “selecting members for their own dance teams and then putting them through their paces as they learn a new routine each week.” Viewers vote, and “the losing coach [has] to eliminate a member of his or her troupe each week,” Variety reports.

The show is an import from the UK, where it also stars Tonioli and “was an instant hit,” Variety says. Reports suggest that “ABC is aiming to debut the show in January, in between seasons of ‘Dancing With the Stars.'”

Over on E!, Snoop Dogg will join the cable network with his own half-hour reality show. The show “will follow Snoop Dogg — aka Calvin Broadus Jr. — as he pursues his career, taking viewers into closed-door meeting and private recording sessions. They will also follow him in his roles as the founder of a youth football league and as dad to two sons and a daughter and husband to Shante,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The untitled show is scheduled for a debut late this year.

The last reality show with the word “newlyweds” in the title ended in divorce, but that didn’t stop ABC from ordering Here Come the Newlyweds. The show “pits seven recently hitched couples against each other in competition for an ever-escalating cash prize. Couples will engage in various challenges designed to test their relationships, with one husband and wife voted off each week,” Variety says. Executive producer Tony Marsh says that it’s like a certain kind of movie: “You see romantic comedies in the movies and in scripted TV but not in reality. We wanted to do a competition that would feel more fun and light and stay away from the backstabbing elements that have crept into so many shows.”

ABC is ready to ‘Dance’ again [Variety]
TCA: E! eyes Snoop for new reality show [Hollywood Reporter]
ABC greenlights ‘Newlyweds’ [Variety]

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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