Biggest Loser out, The Voice in this fall, as NBC cancels Fear Factor and other reality

NBC has made some major and somewhat unexpected changes to its schedule next season, and several of those changes affect its biggest reality series, including The Voice and The Biggest Loser. A rundown of what the network announced today:

  • Most significantly, The Voice will return in the fall and then air in the spring, using it to help launch a new drama and two new comedies. There will be changes to the format, possibly including new coaches for spring edition.
  • The Biggest Loser usually airs two seasons a year, but will not next year: it is not on the fall schedule, though NBC says it is renewed.
  • Fashion Star will be paired with Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday nights next spring.
  • The Voice will air Mondays from 8 to 10 and Tuesdays from 8 to 9, a change from this year, an earlier timeslot for its results shows on Tuesdays.
  • New reality shows not yet on the schedule include Mark Burnett and Dick Wolf’s Stars Earn Stripes, basically a celebrity version of Boot Camp, Howie Mandel’s White Elephant, which is related to the Christmas gift-giving game; Ready for Love, a matchmaking dating series hosted by Bill and Giuliana DePandi-Rancic; and Surprise with Jenny McCarthy, on which people get surprised.
  • Not renewed: The Sing Off, Who Do You Think You Are?, or the recently relaunched Fear Factor. So yes, we may never see the donkey semen-drinking episode.

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.