Tom Bergeron’s great idea: one season a year of Dancing with the Stars, which has its final four

Despite generating headlines with its cast at the start of the season, Dancing with the Stars‘ ratings are down significantly, nearly 14 percent. Its host, Tom Bergeron, has a solution: cut one season.

“One season a year works very well for American Idol. I certainly think that’s one of the things that should be considered going forward. I would be looking at the spring season very carefully,” he told TV Guide.

Besides attention to CBS’ Monday comedies, Bergeron said the ratings might be down because of the cast. “You wonder if the cast isn’t resonating with people.”

That cast is down to its final four: Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, and Hope Solo, having dumped Nancy Grace during last night’s results show. While they may not have generated headlines like Chaz Bono did, they have “have shown the most improvement and best moves,” according to

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.