ABC’s The Family debuts tonight.

ABC’s The Family debuts tonight.
Not to be confused with the network of nearly the same name, ABC’s The Family is a nine-episode reality TV series debuting tonight at 10 p.m. ET. In it, 10 extended family members compete for $1 million while living in a Palm Beach mansion. hosted by George Hamilton, the series features two twists: the jury who will boot a family member each week is unknown to the family members, who have to stay in the house and on the show after they’re kicked. The jury is actually composed of the house’s servants, who do plenty of on-camera snarking about the family members. USA TODAY says the show “is a tacky debacle that, like so many ABC efforts, comes across as a secondhand knockoff of another, better idea,” and the Baltimore Sun agrees, saying it “tries to be too many things and too clever for its own good.”

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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