Andy Dick’s Apprentice spoof The Assistant debuts tonight on MTV.

Andy Dick’s Apprentice spoof The Assistant debuts tonight on MTV.
Taking a break from doing coke and pot, Andy Dick will “subject 12 innocent Hollywood wannabes to a grueling process as he searches for his next assistant” as his new show The Assistant debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. Unlike Spike’s Joe Schmo Show, MTV’s spoof stars real people, but parodies different series along the way. Andy Dick tells the Philadelphia Inquirer, “We had a little of everything, even Who Wants to Be America’s Top Model’s Assistant?” The show also includes a lot of random behavior; for example, “There’s one episode where literally before they come upstairs to bring me my coffee, I told the cameras, ‘I’m going to eliminate the last person to come through the door.’ Sometimes it was that random.” Dick says flatly that contestants “got screwed.” In the Inquirer, David Hiltbrand writes that part “of the show’s dark humor lies in watching the young victims desperately playing by the rules when there are no rules.” The Hollywood Reporter says in its review that the series succeeds “because of Andy Dick. He is such an unhinged, self-involved whack-job–and I mean that in only the most endearing way–that he’s able to carry this off with something resembling supreme confidence.”

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.