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BattleBots is coming back to TV

“It’s robot fightin’ time!” because ABC is resurrecting Battlebots, the early-2000s series that had robots battling each other in an arena. This is totally awesome. The new, six-episode, single-elimination series version will air this summer. The “reimagined take of the killer robot combat sport,” as ABC called it, is being produced by its original creators, Ed Roski …

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7 must-watch reality TV shows in February

From a man repeatedly accused of murder to the unknown people behind popular sports mascots, these six reality shows airing now or debuting soon are all worth your time. See the full guide to reality show debuts for everything that’s airing now or soon, but definitely give these series a shot.   The Jinx: The …

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American Idol’s Hollywood Week starts with 6.3 songs of consequence

Hollywood Week is always my favorite part of American Idol, in part because it deviates the most from the singing-on-a-stage format and resembles non-competition reality TV shows. I always wanted to see more of their off-stage lives, but after flirting with mansion footage, the show stuck to its studio roots. Hollywood Week is the one incongruous part, and it’s …

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Fresh Off the Boat: memoir turned into “pasteurized” ABC TV

ABC’s sit-com Fresh Off the Boat debuted last night, and became the latest scripted series to find its source material in real life. The series is based on Eddie Huang’s bestselling memoir of the same name, and Huang is also the narrator of the TV show. The show’s opening credits say it was “inspired by the book” …

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Shark Tank successes and failures: the raw data

An analysis of all 432 pitches from six seasons of Shark Tank has revealed demographic information about the entrepreneurs who pitch the sharks. The show’s success rate is pretty consistent across the board, ranging from about 40 to 60 percent, with some outliers. Shark Tank successes The ABC reality competition is in the middle of …

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