Kimberly Caldwell will host, Gene Simmons will judge now-delayed CBS series Jingles

Jingles, the upcoming product placement-as-competition series that’s being produced by Mark Burnett, will not air on CBS this summer. While it was scheduled to debut July 27, it’s been held back “indefinitely” because executives “felt they haven’t had enough time to promote” it, TV Week reports.

However, CBS has just announced that Kimberly Caldwell, the co-host of TV Guide Network’s Reality Chat and former American Idol finalist, will host the show. It’s a serious step up for her, and will probably be a complete trainwreck.

In addition, entertainingly obnoxious and extremely overexposed star Gene Simmons will judge the show, CBS announced, along with “advertising and marketing gurus Linda Kaplan Thaler and Julie Roehm,” i.e., two people you’ve never heard of. However, you have heard their work. Kaplan, according to CBS, is responsible for “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us kid” jingle, while Roehm came up with Dodge’s “Grab life by the horns” tagline.

CBS Postpones Debut of Burnett’s ‘Jingles’ [TV Week]
Rock Legend Gene Simmons Passes Judgment on “Jingles”… [CBS press release]

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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