The Amazing Race 5 debuts tonight.

The Amazing Race 5 debuts tonight.
The fifth trip around the world begins airing tonight as CBS debuts The Amazing Race 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET; the show also repeats at 8 on Saturdays. The hour-and-a-half episode begins in LA at the Santa Monica Pier. By the end of the episode, one of the 11 teams will find host Phil Keoghan standing on a mat, making a frowny face and telling them that they’ve both been eliminated from the race. Last year, the show won an Emmy, and most of the reviews this year are superlative: For example, the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker says the show “moves so swiftly and tosses out so many challenges that it’s the rare reality show that deserves to be replayed and studied. The intense style rules out channel-surfing.” The New York Daily News’ David Bianculli writes that it “hits the ground running at a pace that never lets up.” One journalist, though, isn’t convinced; the Salt Lake City Tribune’s Vince Horiuchi fans ask Phil, “Will you Philiminiate me?”

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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