The WB’s hybrid Studio 7 debuts tonight.

The WB’s hybrid Studio 7 debuts tonight.
The WB has enlisted Who Wants to be a Millionaire creator Michael Davies to produce a series that combines a studio game show and elements of other reality series. The result is Studio 7, which debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET. That’s not to be confused with Series 7, the satirical film that portrayed a reality TV game show where contestants tried to kill each other. This series takes the non-killing route and looks to find out “[w]hat happens when you mix the reality and game show genres and produce a quiz show presented from the contestant’s point of view?” Seven contestants will compete against each other as they answer questions and then head home to live together for a week in a New York City loft. According to USA TODAY, “The winner gets $77,000; winners from the first seven shows will play for $777,000 in the eighth.” The New York Times Virginia Heffernan reviews the series and says “this noir quiz show is labored and boring,” while The Hollywood Reporter says it “is too smug for its own good–but it has some intriguing intelligence to it.”

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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