E! cancels Anna Nicole Show, then picks up shows starring Anna Nicole.

E! cancels Anna Nicole Show, then picks up shows starring Anna Nicole.
E! has cancelled The Anna Nicole Show, sort of. The show, which aired for two seasons but has been up in the air for more than half a year, won’t return as a regular series. E! has, however, agreed to air a series of reality-based specials about Anna Nicole, because someone there apparently forgot that they just fired her. Anna Nicole Bares All debuts Feb. 22 and “follow Smith as she prepares for her first runway job in years for New York’s Fashion Week,” Variety reports. E!’s apparently going for the meta-reality thing, as the special “will feature Smith’s new slimmed-down look as well as her thoughts on the first two seasons of her show.” An E! exec tells Variety that ratings were golden, but “[t]he show, creatively, was not where we wanted it to be. Based on the ratings alone, the answer would have been yes (to a third season). We just think a series of specials is a better way to present Anna.”

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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