Julianne Hough will be Dancing with the Stars’ fourth judge

Dancing with the Stars will add a fourth judge this season: former cast member Julianne Hough.

Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli all return, even though the show probably could have benefitted from replacing one of them. But change is scary; see Randy Jackson’s perpetual role on American Idol. Then again, Idol also offers a lesson in how hard it is to find a judging panel with chemistry.

In ABC’s press release, which says Julianne “became a household name as a two-time professional champion … before making a seamless transition into music and film,” she says,

“I’ve always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I’m acting, dancing or singing, and I’m thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. … I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I’m ready to have fun in this new role.”

The show’s new executive producer, Rob Wade, said her “blend of ballroom dancing experience and unique judging ability make her the ideal choice for the show.”

The celebrity cast will be announced Sept. 4 on Good Morning America.

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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