SciFi’s Mad Mad House debuts tonight.

SciFi’s Mad Mad House debuts tonight.
SciFi’s Mad Mad House, which follows 10 guests competing against each other in a house with five “alts,” debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET, opposite The Apprentice. The alts are a Wiccan, a naturist, a modern primitive, a voodoo priestess and a vampire, and they “will challenge [the guests], judge them and eliminate them one by one.” The last remaining guest–the most open-minded one–gets $100,000. Critical reaction to the show is mostly negative: The Miami Herald’s critic says the show is “such garbage that you should be severely punished if you’re even thinking about watching it,” while the New York Daily News describes it as a “mean, wretched series.” The Toronto Star is less harsh, saying it “swallows so many old gimmicks it often chokes on self-parody.” But Newsday writes that Mad Mad House “turns out to be more humane than most of its predecessors, not to mention funnier,” and the New York Times says it “is a ghoulish reality show that may inadvertently work to sound the depths of casual American religious belief.”

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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