Surreal Life 3 starts taping with Jordan Knight, Flavor Flav, Dave Coulier, Charo.

Surreal Life 3 starts taping with Jordan Knight, Flavor Flav, Dave Coulier, Charo.
VH1’s The Surreal Life 3 began production yesterday. The cast includes Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, Dave Coulier of Full House, Brigitte Nielsen of Beverly Hills Cop 2, and Charo of cuchi cuchi fame. They’ve also scraped the bottom of the reality barrel once again; this time, American Idol‘s Ryan Starr fills the Trishelle/Jeri Manthey slot. Reports that the network shift (from The WB) also brought with it a shift to an all-musician cast were apparently somewhat of a stretch, although the network’s press release says Charo is “a master of the flamenco guitar,” while Coulier “was Alanis Morissette’s inspiration for” the song “You Oughta Know.” The show debuts Sept. 5.

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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