America’s got another mediocre singer as its America’s Got Talent winner

There was just a 25 percent chance that a mediocre singer would yet again win America’s Got Talent, but the people who vote didn’t disappoint and cast aside acts that were actually interesting to watch and gave the $1 million prize to Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. He used to be homeless and has a family and seems like a very nice guy, so good for him for winning $1 million, but shame on viewers for consistently thinking they’re watching American Idol or for being incapable of voting for group acts because they are not as identifiable as individuals.

My favorite group, Team iLuminate, came in third place, which was perhaps a bit surprising, though their Tuesday night performance wasn’t as strong as their other work, and runner-up Silhouettes did a crowd-pleasing performance Tuesday–and technical difficulties that delayed their performance and didn’t show their phone number until well after the end of the hour (and post-DVR cut-off) did not hurt them at all. Poplyfe was, unsurprisingly, in fourth place.

The only real surprise was that, as the winner, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will only headline a brief run of a show that will feature other America’s Got Talent acts, including the three runners-up, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on Oct. 28, 29, and 30. Jerry Springer will host, and other acts from this year and previous seasons will perform, too.

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.