It’s 2003 again as NBC casts Nicole Richie as mentor on Fashion Star

NBC’s forthcoming fashion reality competition isn’t getting any more promising with the latest casting announcement: Nicole Richie will be a mentor on the show, joining previously announced mentor Jessica Simpson. Both starred in reality shows in 2003–The Simple Life and Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica respectively–but for some reason NBC thinks they will now draw viewers. Also joining the show as a mentor is menswear designer John Varvatos; Elle Macpherson is hosting.

In a press release, NBC reality executive Paul Telegdy calls Nicole an “international style icon and creative director,” and former NBC chair Ben Silverman, who’s executive producer of the new show, said, “Jessica, Nicole, John and Elle make the most exciting team we have ever worked with on a reality television show and we are thrilled to feature such an extraordinary group of mentors and designers.”

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.