O-Town reuniting but without Ashley Parker Angel

The original Making the Band group, O-Town, which was named after Orlando, Fla., and formed on the very first network reality TV competition series back in 2000, may reunite. The group consisted of Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, Dan Miller (who replaced Ikaika Kahoano), and Ashley Parker Angel, who will not return.

Late last night, Jacob Underwood wrote on Twitter that “the talks r continuing.” Last week, he teased, “Did someone say O-town reunion?!?” A Friday meeting, he wrote, “went very well.” He said they may tour in Europe.

Ashley wrote on Twitter, “To address some rumors – I won’t be participating in a reunion but with respect and love I wish my boys the best as they move forward!!” Ashley, of course, had wild success going solo with his own reality show and a solo album you can now buy for $3.77, though it did have a solid debut. He went on to Broadway and now tweets about naps and his Facebook fan page hasn’t been updated since 2008.

O-Town, you may recall, broke up in 2003 after releasing their second album, which didn’t quite capture the magic of the first and its homoerotic “Liquid Dreams” (seriously, watch that awesome video.)

While this news is exciting, it might be more my nostalgia for the early days of reality TV than the reality of an O-Town reunion.

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.