All American Girl debuts tonight.

All American Girl debuts tonight.
The producers of American Idol turn their attention to young women tonight at 9 p.m. ET as ABC debuts All American Girl, a sort of reality TV Miss America pageant. Instead of singers there are women; instead of judges there are coaches; instead of product placement there is, well, even more product placement. The 13-week series will include audience votes that result in the elimination of finalists; the winner will be awarded a management contract. The show, by the way, shares its name with a cancelled ABC sitcom that starred Margaret Cho, who jokes, “They’re bringing back my show?”

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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