Harry Connick, Jr., was asked to be an American Idol judge

Popular American Idol mentor Harry Connick, Jr., was asked to be one of the new judges for the show’s 10th season, but said that talks “fizzled out,” though he didn’t say why. That freed him up to do Dolphin Tale, a movie about a boy who befriends a dolphin with an artificial tail.

Talking to TV critics last night–after charming the pants off of us with a performance to promote his upcoming Great Performances special on PBS that includes footage of his recent Broadway run–he said that he would have liked to become a permanent judge.

“They asked me if I was interested in doing it, and I was interested. It was just I had a blast on the show,” he said. “I just thought it was fun talking to these young people about singing and stuff. We had some preliminary conversations, and it just kind of fizzled out, you know, which is fine. I mean, had it materialized, it would have been a fun thing to do. But fortunately, I’ve got some other things going, and that was fine.”

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.