American Idol 7 will include “compelling bio pieces” about the contestants

Responding to the news that American Idol 6‘s tour is having trouble filling seats, host Ryan Seacrest said that last season’s TV show is to blame, and that changes will be coming for next season.

“I think, to be candid with you, we could have done a better job with the storytelling of the contestants — looking at who they are and where they came from and compiling compelling bio pieces, and I think you’ll see us do more of that this season,” he told USA TODAY.

However, he insists that American Idol 7 isn’t suffering yet, judging by the auditions. “We had more people show up in Philadelphia than we ever had before (20,000, he said earlier). We always see many more contestants that suck compared to those that are great. It’s part of the process. You only need to find one superstar and 12 great ones to fight for it. It’s not hard to find talent,” he said.

Ryan Seacrest dishes about the Emmys [USA TODAY]

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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