The Simple Life 2 debuts tonight.

The Simple Life 2 debuts tonight.
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie begin their trek across our TV screens tonight as The Simple Life 2 debuts on FOX at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a second episode in its regular 9 p.m. timeslot. They travel from Florida to California without credit cards or cell phones, staying with and working for various families along the way. The series isn’t generating a lot of positive reaction this time around: The Seattle P-I says FOX “simply had to see if there was anything left. There isn’t.” The Hollywood Reporter says “the odds are fairly stacked against a single moment of genuineness–much less humility–emerging,” and “whatever goofball charm they may have had the first time around is lost this time in a sea of vainglory.” The New York Daily News says that only “if you realize – though they don’t–that the joke’s on them, then ‘The Simple Life” remains a rewarding reality-show experience.'” The New York Times’ Virginia Heffernan, not surprisingly, manages to use 469 words to say basically nothing about the show at all.

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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