Dancing with the Stars dumps all viewer votes because of on-air screw-up

Dancing with the Stars eliminated no one last night after all viewer votes were thrown out because incorrect phone numbers were displayed last week, resulting in viewers voting for people they didn’t intend to vote for.

While first pretending they were going to eliminate someone at the end of the episode (“so mean,” Brooke observed), Tom Bergeron explained:

“Last week, at the end of the show we had a technical problem in the broadcasts of the eastern and central time zones. The incorrect phone numbers were shown and may have resulted in some votes accidentally cast for the wrong couple. So, in fairness, we have decided to discard all the viewer votes and not eliminate anyone this week.”

Brooke said that “all of the judges stores and bonus points from tonight will carry over to next week,” but neither said whether there will be a double elimination, which would make sense to keep the show on track for its finale.

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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