Boarding House: North Shore, Paradise Hotel both debut tonight.

Boarding House: North Shore, Paradise Hotel both debut tonight.
Two series which follow cast members living in a house debut tonight. The WB’s Boarding House: North Shore, “which will give viewers an intimate look at the largely unknown culture of surfing and the aggressive world of competition,” airs tonight on The WB at 8 p.m. ET. The seven-person cast includes past Vans Triple Crown winners Sunny Garcia and Myles Padaca, who will live in a house with other surfers. The six-episode series was edited by Mark Burnett, who was brought on after production wrapped. The NY Daily News calls it “a fairly unvarnished ripoff–sorry, variant–of MTV’s Real World,” but The New York Post says it’s Mark Burnett’s “best.” Paradise Hotel‘s premise and cast are dramatically different. When it airs at 9 p.m. ET, the FOX show will follow “eleven single men and women who are given the opportunity of a lifetime–to live together in the most exclusive resort ever created. … Each week, one hotel guest will be eliminated to make room for someone new.” That new person will be selected by an in-studio competition; the only prize or goal of the series is apparently “to remain in paradise for as long as possible.” The series will air twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9.

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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