mother says Showbiz Moms and Dads “ripped us apart”; critics say it’s “riveting.”

mother says Showbiz Moms and Dads “ripped us apart”; critics say it’s “riveting.”
This week, The New Yorker reviews Bravo’s new series Showbiz Moms and Dads, finding that “when it comes to the way parents treat their children, judgments are impossible to avoid.” That judgment has left one of the parents feeling betrayed. Debbie Tye tells the St. Petersburg Times that she was misled: “We were specifically told this would be a positive look at pageantry. And I can almost guarantee that every family went into this thinking that their kids would get work and be shown to be hardworking. (Instead), they completely portrayed me as a pushy pageant mother.” She says, “They’ve really ripped us apart.” The New Yorker’s compares Tye’s daughter Emily to JonBenet Ramsey, writing that, “There is a universe of difference between being arguably ill used and being killed, and yet it is hard to avoid the language of crime when it comes to these pageants. One feels that Emily is, at the very least, being robbed of her childhood, and even of her essential femaleness, which is repeatedly buried under a pile of fluffy feminine trappings.” Other critics have called the series “riveting” and “fascinating”; the second episode repeats tonight at 6 p.m. ET and midnight, and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. It airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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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