The Amazing Race 4 debuts tonight.

The Amazing Race 4 debuts tonight.
Twelve teams of two begin their race around the world for $1 million as The Amazing Race 4 debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET with a 90-minute premiere. For the first time, the show won’t be up against heavy time-slot competition as it takes over Survivor‘s position, airing opposite repeats on NBC. The show’s creator and producer, Bertram van Munster, talks to TV Guide about the show, discussing the race’s logistics (each location takes two weeks to prep) and why it took so long for this season to air (“I have no control over the programming of the show”). The Star Ledger discusses the show’s evolution, saying it’s “an even better drama than it is a travelogue.” Critics have mixed reactions to the new season: The St. Louis Post says it’s “breathlessly exciting” while The Beacon Journal says the show “seems a bit more gimmicky than its predecessors.”

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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