Randy Jackson, Jamie Foxx producing reality series for MTV

American Idol judge Randy Jackson will executive produce a dancing competition for MTV. The network has ordered Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew, a series originally scheduled to air on NBC as World Moves. It will debut sometime in the first three months of 2008.

NBC “decided not to move forward with the idea, allowing MTV to come in to redevelop it,” Variety reports, and the new show features “Dance ‘crews’ of five to seven members [who] come to Los Angeles to compete against each other. Viewers will pick the ultimate winner, with live performance shows sending home one team each week.” Variety notes that Randy “hasn’t been announced as a judge for the project.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx will executive produce From Gs to Gents, a show “in which a group of men are given social makeovers in a bid to turn them into gentlemen,” Variety reports. No debut date has been announced. In addition, Foxx and his “production partners Jaime Rucker King and Marcus King will develop, produce and consult on unscripted projects for both” MTV and VH1.

MTV greenlights ‘Randy Jackson’ and Jamie Foxx pacts with MTV, VH1 [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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