Sanjaya Malakar, Janice Dickinson, Duane Chapman join I’m a Celebrity cast

NBC may soon need to rename I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here 2, calling it I’m a Former Reality Show Star…Get Me Out of Here instead, because nearly all of its confirmed and rumored cast members are past reality show cast members, not actual celebrities.

Joining confirmed cast members Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, of Hills fame, are American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar, former Top Model judge and Oxygen reality star Janice Dickinson, and Dog the Bounty Hunter Duane Chapman. The only non-reality show participant is Rod Blagojevich, who still needs a judge’s permission to go to Costa Rica in June.

Sanjaya’s participation was revealed by Access Hollywood, and this will be a considerable step up for Sanjaya, who recently appeared at the Fargo Star competition to sign autographs. OK! Magazine reported on Dog and Janice’s participation, citing only show insiders. OK! also said Geraldo Rivera would participate, but also quoted a Fox News spokesperson who said that was “false.”

Sanjaya Signs On For ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ [Access Hollywood]
Exclusive: Dog the Bounty Hunter Says, “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” and More “Celebrities” Want to Get Out of Here [OK! magazine]

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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