NBC debuts Nashville Star 6 tonight

USA Network’s music competition Nashville Star moves to NBC for its sixth season, which debuts at 9 p.m. ET. The new season is hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus, and John Rich, Jewel, and Jeffrey Steele. After tonight’s two-hour pre-taped debut, each live Monday episode will be 90 minutes long.

John Rich said the move to NBC is significant. “We haven’t been represented on network television like NBC since ‘The Barbara Mandrell Show’ went off in the 1980s. We’ve made a quantum leap since then. It’s not country and Western music; it’s music for the country,” he told The New York Daily News. “This will redefine to America what contry music is about, and where it’s headed.”

As part of its accelerated season (at least, it’s accelerated compared to that lumbering beast American Idol; Fox, are you taking notes?), the top 12 cast members have already been announced. Because the show doesn’t restrict cast members to soloists, they include a trio of men, Third Town, and two twin sisters, who are known as Pearl Heart.

One contestant, Charla Corn, already has a red X through her face, because she’s already left the show. Access Hollywood quotes an anonymous source who says “she could not sustain the rigorous schedule. She began to have trouble with her vocals, even losing her voice completely at times.”

Nashville Star [NBC]
‘Nashville Star’ is nice, not nasty [New York Daily News]
Contestant removed from ‘Nashville Star’ [Access Hollywood]

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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