Top Model adds viewer voting; new judge, mentor named

America’s Next Top Model has named its new judging panel, but those judges won’t have all the say: viewers will be able to vote each week.

Following the firing of the judges, the new panel will consist of Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone, and “international male model” Rob Evans; stylist Johnny Wujek will be the new mentor, who the show is calling a “creative consultant.”

As to voting, the show won’t air live when it moves to Friday nights this fall, but viewers will vote based on photos online starting next week. The CW said in its announcement that “fans will have two opportunities each week to vote online at and choose their favorite contestants based on photo shoots taken during production. These scores will be used by Tyra Banks and the judges to help determine who is eliminated each week.” It’s not clear how they’ll be used–will the viewer favorite get immunity? Or will the judges just mention who has the most votes from viewers but make their own decisions?

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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