Jennifer Lopez quitting American Idol, it seems

Jennifer Lopez appears to be quitting American Idol after two seasons judging and less than two years since the drama of her hiring unfolded over the summer.

Yesterday, she laid the groundwork for exiting by telling Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show, “I don’t know. I enjoy it, I really do enjoy it. I’ve done it–now this is my second year. I don’t know; I don’t know if I can go for a third year. I miss doing other things. It really does lock you down, which was nice the first year, with the babies being three and four. … I just don’t know.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that it confirmed with a Fox source an E! Online report that is basically written from her perspective, insisting she’s now “too busy” to stay with the show. Earlier, she told E! that this “is just like any working mom’s dilemma.”

Yeah, many mothers do face the choice of whether to continue making $12 million a year for three hours of a work per week for five months, or to quit their jobs and spend more time with their kids.

Update: Forbes makes a compelling argument that this is “just good negotiating,” with her team floating these stories to an always-willing-to-be-used gossip machine.

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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