Bravo’s week-long reality documentary, TLC’s Residents debut tonight.

Bravo’s week-long reality documentary, TLC’s Residents debut tonight.
Bravo follows its successful summer of reality TV with a week-long documentary series that it says “provides an in-depth look inside the genre that has revolutionized television” including “interviews from some of Reality TV’s top producers, casting directors, editors and stunt producers including; Mark Burnett, Matt Kunitz, Arnold Shapiro, Jeff Probst, Allison Grodner, and Joe Rogan.”

The NW Indiana Times says it “shines a much-needed light into the dark secrets of America’s latest primetime pastime.” Each hour-long episode debuts at 9 p.m. ET and later repeats.

Meanwhile, TLC debuts Resident Life tonight at 9 p.m. ET, a series that “follows a team of young doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.” The 13-episode series, which USA TODAY calls “a gritty medical series,” was taped over six months at Vanderbilt, which views the show as free advertising, according to The Tennessean.

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.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.