ITV’s author competition Bestseller may come to the US, is produced by Simon Cowell’s brother

Aspiring writers and authors will soon get their own reality show, one that sounds far too much like On the Lot. The UK series, called Bestseller, was announced in May and was scheduled to air on ITV this summer, but it will now air later this year, according to The Novel Gobbler. The site also says the show’s producer, who happens to be Simon Cowell’s brother, planned to “pitch the idea to U.S. networks in June.”

On the show, contestants and “authors will be invited to pitch their ideas for a blockbuster novel to a panel of judges headed by Tony Cowell, big brother of The X Factor’s Simon Cowell,” Daily Mail reported, via my friend Mary at BookBlog.

Cowell, a former agent and author himself, said, “The only conditions are that they must have a completed manuscript and never have been published before. Some will have had hundreds of rejections. But we want to give them another chance.” He added, “There are far fewer platforms now for first-time writers, and publishers don’t take unsolicited manuscripts any more. Finding an agent is extremely difficult. It’s harder to get your synopsis or first chapter read than it is to send your CD to my brother.”

Aspiring novelists to get their own reality TV show [Daily Mail]
Bestseller! Update [The Novel Gobbler]

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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