PBS’ Colonial House debuts tonight.

PBS’ Colonial House debuts tonight.
The producers of Manor House and Frontier House take 24 people back to colonial America, circa 1628, for five months when Colonial House debuts tonight. The series airs over four nights–May 17 and 18, and 24 and 25–in pairs of back-to-back hour-long episodes. (Since this is PBS, check your local listings for exact times and dates.) Oprah visits the Machias, Maine, location for her show today, but did not participate in the series. Producer Beth Hoppe tells the New York Daily News that they “were more ambitious this time. We had more people [26]. We had them take on some of the laws of the time.”

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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