Next week: Jeff Probst’s Live for the Moment pilot will finally be broadcast

Though this past week was full of news, there’s not much new on TV next week, as we wait for CBS’ shows to return in February and American Idol keeps burning through its auditions.

The Past

The Forward

  • Friday, Jan. 22
    Tonight, nearly every major broadcast and cable network will air the Hope for Haiti Now telethon.
  • Saturday, Jan. 23
    A reality show starring Carmen Electra and judged by Big Brother‘s Mar­cel­las Reynolds called Perfect Catch [E!, midnight] “aims to find the hottest men and women from six of Greece’s most beautiful islands,” and apparently aired on the UK’s E!, but the US site has nothing about it, and the midnight timeslot doesn’t bode well, either.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26
    American Idol [Fox, 8 p.m.], heads to Los Angeles, and may find some actual talent instead of just people who need to be handcuffed, though a few more of those would be fun, too. Teen Mom, the spin-off of 16 and Pregnant, wraps up its first season with a 90-minute season finale [MTV, 10 p.m.].
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27
    More pre-empting tonight: TV shows will get out of the way of the State of the Union address tonight, but since it airs at 9, there’s plenty of time for American Idol 9‘s Dallas auditions [Fox, 8 p.m.].
  • Thursday, Jan. 28
    The pilot of Jeff Probst’s Life for the Moment will air [CBS, 8 p.m.] about a year after being produced. It follows a man who has ALS traveling around the country with his family to live his dreams and inspire others. Later, Taking the Stage [MTV, 11 p.m.] is back for a second season, and again follows students at Cincinnati’s School For Creative and Performing Arts.

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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