Shakira, Usher will coach The Voice in the spring

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will take a break for the spring season of The Voice, and will be replaced by Shakira and Usher. This news comes a day after American Idol announced its new judges, and it seems to me that The Voice has once again one-upped its rival.

Interestingly, NBC’s press release says that “Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will remain through season four,” perhaps suggesting they’ll take a break in the fall when Christina and Cee Lo return, and they both say they will be back.

NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt said in the announcement, “Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and CeeLo. The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return.” And Mark Burnett said, “after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans.”

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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