George Foreman shopping boxing series.

George Foreman shopping boxing series.
Having already conquered the grilling machine market, George Forman now wants a piece of reality TV action, especially considering NBC’s recent announcement that they’ll air Mark Burnett’s The Contender. Foreman and HBO boxing commentator Jim Lampley’s Crystal Spring Productions are shopping a series that “involves a group of heavyweights living and training together under the coaching of Mr. Foreman.” Lampley tries to one-up NBC by saying they “have been developing this project over the past several months, but with George now onboard, we will be producing what we are sure will be the definitive insider’s look at the reality of boxing.” Elsewhere, more sports-related reality TV is popping up. ESPN began airing its competition for a new SportsNight anchor on Sunday night; Dream Job airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET. And crews recently followed the University of Wisconsin basketball team for a three-part college basketball version of The Season.

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.