X Factor preview: the hype continues with a well-produced ad

Last night during the all-star game, Fox debuted a well-hyped trailer that is meant to hype the already hyped fall premiere of The X Factor. As with the ads that aired during the Super Bowl, it is well-produced and slick. Watch it before I discuss it:

I’ll admit that the opening really got me: I was ready to rant about its utter fakeness, and how the show looks just like American Idol. And I wasn’t buying Simon’s “It’s not about me any more; it’s about them” shtick and couldn’t believe he’d agreed to read copy like that. So it totally got me. Bravo.

As the preview makes clear, Simon and Paula are back to bickering again, which should be awesome TV if you are nostalgic for 2003. A a report from the Seattle auditions says that even as that old rivalry returned, the entire panel was tough on contestants.

But I’m still not convinced this is a show that I’ll want to watch, partly because the Simon/Paula thing was played out to the point of boredom on both of their parts, and partly because The Voice has shown us what a real anti-American Idol is like.

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.