Boy Meets Boy debuts tonight.

Boy Meets Boy debuts tonight.
Bravo debuts the first reality TV show to feature a (nearly) all-gay cast tonight at 9 p.m. ET. On Boy Meets Boy, bachelor James will be courted by 15 men. But “some of the ‘mates’ are actually STRAIGHT men posing as gay men–an interesting twist allowing for numerous avenues of heated on-air discussions and debates that challenge socially preconceived notions of what is considered gay and straight behavior,” the show’s site says. Bravo’s profiles of the fifteen men include a “gay or straight?” poll. If James selects a gay man at the end of the series, he gets $25,000 along with a New Zealand trip; if he picks a straight guy, the straight guy gets the cash. Newsday’s review says that many of the suitors, including the “serious jocks” and “textbook nerd” appear straight, “[b]ut you can’t be totally sure, and that’s the most interesting, thought-provoking aspect of the show.” Metro Weekly’s reviewer says that “[o]n some level, Boy Meets Boy–and every other reality dating show for that matter–just pisses me off. The creators must think American viewers are complete morons.”

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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