CW backtracks on one Top Model this year, will air season with British and US models

America’s Next Top Model will debut its 18th season later this month, and bring in all-star contestants from the British version as part of the cast, even though The CW said it was going to give the show “a rest” midseason. Meanwhile, Kell On Earth star Kelly Cutrone will join the judging panel, replacing Andre Leon Talley.

At the Television Critics Press Tour in early August, The CW president Mark Pedowitz said Remodeled would “come in for midseason. We’ll probably use it to give America’s Top Model a rest.” But Remodeled, from Big Brother producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, has had dismal ratings, and episodes of it are still scheduled for Feb. 29 and March 7, the exact same time that the new season of Top Model will air its first two episodes. (However, there was word last fall, when Cutrone was hired, that the show would return this spring.)

The new season will be subtitled “British Invasion,” and include contestants from Britain’s Next Top Model and brand-new contestants from the United States. So, it’s kind of half all-stars, but with people who haven’t been on TV. It will also include new judge Kelly Cutrone, along with Tyra “IT’S ALL ABOUT ME” Banks and Nigel Barker.

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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