The Restaurant debuts Sunday.

The Restaurant debuts Sunday.
On Sunday, NBC debuts Mark Burnett’s The Restaurant at 10 p.m. ET, chronicling for six hours the opening and day-to-day operations of Rocco DiSpirito’s Rocco’s on 22nd restaurant in New York City. Mark Burnett describes the show as “a nighttime soap opera about the people trying to open a restaurant in record time.” The Chicago-Sun Times’ review says the show doesn’t pick up “until the second hour,” while the New York Daily News says “the show feels closer to reality than most shows given that genre title.”
+ also: Rocco “grew up ashamed to be Italian-American.”

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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