a reality TV Thanksgiving weekend.

a reality TV Thanksgiving weekend.

Instead of getting doped up on tryptophan or being fascinated by the way the cranberries stay the exact same shape as the can as they slide out, check out some reality TV this long weekend. … An American Idol Christmas will feature Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Christina Christian, Tamyra Gray, and Kimberley Locke. But you’ll probably be watching to see the American Juniors winners, who will also shriek, er, perform. … NBC steals from its sibling station and airs (probably edited versions of) the two new Queer Eye eps on both Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Of course, the series airs a new episode Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET, as usual. … As part of Cirque Week, Bravo will air the entire Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within series at extremely convenient times: the first six episodes air on Wednesday morning from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., and then the series finishes on Thursday morning from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. … The Bachelorette Wedding begins its short run on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET. … Survivor Pearl Islands, sans Rupert, moves to Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. The episode is titled “The Great Lie,” so it probably contains the “greatest lie ever told on Survivor,” as Jeff Probst promised. … MTV airs the finale of The Real World Paris tonight at 10 p.m. ET, and then repeats it throughout the weekend; check the MTV schedule for times. Also, catch up on the backstabbing as MTV airs a marathon of Real World/Road Rules Challenge, The Gauntlet, on Thanksgiving from 5 to 10 p.m. ET. … Finally, it isn’t reality TV, but TBS airs A Christmas Story on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET. If you haven’t seen it, or even if you’ve watched it a hundred times, it’s simply the best holiday film ever made. Happy Thanksgiving.

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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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.