All three American Idol judges will return

American Idol 14 will have the same judges panel as the 13th season, as Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban are all returning. Ryan Seacrest will also host once again. None of this is a big surprise, and indicates that the show will likely tread the same waters it did this past season.

In a Fox press release, FremantleMedia North America entertainment president Trish Kinane called them “our dream team” and said they are “one of Idol’s strongest-ever judging panels.”

Not to nitpick a press release quote, but I’ll nitpick her quote and point out that she said “one of,” as in, there have been other strong panels and/or stronger ones. This panel is absolutely better than the Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey fiasco, which may explain why they’re staying.

Also in the press release, creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said, Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch.” That’s exactly right. The show dropped significantly in the ratings this year, and it’s kind of an aging ship that really can’t or won’t completely reinvent itself beyond the mostly cosmetic changes from this past season. But it has the best possible crew at this stage.

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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