FremantleMedia files for trademark of Country Keynotes, a country American Idol?

FremantleMedia North America has filed five applications for trademarks relating to the phrase Country Keynotes, which is identified in one application as “a television game show.” The other four applications are for use of that phrase on toys; clothing; paper goods such as books, magazines, calendars, and posters; and audio and video uses such as CDs, video games, MP3 players, and more.

That “might be ‘AI: Country Edition’?”, as the blog that first noticed the applications, Trivial TV, notes.

The applications, viewable by searching the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s database, were filed on Oct. 16, and are numbers 77305450, 77305449, 77305448, 77305446, and 77305442. They’re currently classified as “Newly filed application, not yet assigned to an examining attorney.”

They’re amusing because they cover lots of ground. For example, the toys application says that Fremantle may use the term on

“…bows and arrows, balls of all kinds, dolls, doll playsets, plush toys, toy vehicles, toy cars, toy trucks, toy bucket and shovel sets, roller skates, toy model hobbycraft kits, toy rockets, toy guns, toy holsters, musical toys, jigsaw puzzles, badminton sets, bubble making wands and solution sets, toy figurines, toy banks, puppets, toy balloons, yo-yos, skateboards, scooters, face masks, stand alone video game machines, LCD game machines, hand held unit for playing electronic games, but specifically excluding dice games and computer software games, lottery tickets and lottery games; coin-operated video games; arcade games; and related goods.”

Country Keynotes [Trivial TV]

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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