Forbes’ most powerful: Cowell ($80 million), DeGeneres ($55m), Trump ($50m), Seacrest ($41m), Klum ($16m)

Forbes has published its list of the 100 “richest and most powerful actors, actresses and musicians,” and it includes three of American Idol‘s cast members, plus Donald Trump and Heidi Klum.

Of reality TV personalities, departing judge Simon Cowell and his $80 million a year salary are highest on the list, at #11, just behind Madonna, while the newest Idol judge, Ellen DeGeneres, is at #53 with an estimated $55 million annual salary from her talk show and other ventures.

Both are ahead of mogul and Apprentice star Donald Trump, who is at #33 with $50 million a year. Heidi Klum is the lowest-ranked of the most powerful reality TV stars, as she’s at #86 and makes about $16 million a year.

Ryan Seacrest is behind Trump at #41 with $51 million a year, and in a separate story, Forbes profiles him, noting that his “35 hours of weekly airtime” “reach 84 million people a week” and bring lots of cash: “$15 million a year from Idol” and $15 million from radio, plus $15 million from Comcast for his E! work and producing, never mind $5 million for product whoring.

The Celebrity 100 and Ryan Seacrest: The Man Without A Shtick [Forbes]

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.