WGA will hold event at Idol auditions

American Idol 8 starts its eight-city audition tour Thursday, and they’ll have company: protesters from the WGA.

Variety reports that “the Writers Guild of America is renewing its push to organize reality shows by targeting ‘American Idol.'” In San Francisco, the group will stage “the version [of American Idol] they don’t want you to see,” the WGA told members.

According to Variety, a “note to supporters said the WGA will pay for transportation and lodging for anyone able to go to San Francisco, even if they are not members.” That will follow a Wednesday press conference in Los Angeles that’s the start of its Truth Tour.

The Writers Guild has been working for years to unionize reality show workers, sometimes not very successfully. Last fall, they insisted they hadn’t given up their campaign, although ultimately, while representation was an issue during the strike, the WGA ultimately dropped reality representation from its demands.

WGA targets ‘American Idol’ [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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