MTV orders two dancing reality shows, renews Dance Crew

MTV is adding two more music competitions to its reality lineup, and has renewed Randy Jackson’s series America’s Best Dance Crew has been renewed for a second season, which will air this summer.

Rock the Cradle debuts April 3, and on the FremantleMedia series, “non-pro children of well-known performers will compete against one another,” Variety reports. The celebrities whose kids will participate include M.C. Hammer, Olivia Newton-John, Dee Snider, Eddie Money, and Kenny Loggins.

The other show, tentatively called the Celebrity Music Mentor Project, “will gather eight of mentors. Each of these will choose an amateur performer or group to work with, some of them selected from videos posted online. Over the course of the eight, hour-long episodes, the performers will face off, with an elimination each week until a winner emerges,” Variety reports. The show will debut in the fall.

MTV’s Brian Graden said these shows’ “goal is to get our viewers to participate in the world of music.”

MTV tunes up ‘Rock,’ ‘Pop’ series [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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