FOX’s Trading Spouses debuts tonight.

FOX’s Trading Spouses debuts tonight.
FOX beats ABC to the wife-as-property punch tonight at 8 p.m. ET as it debuts Trading Spouses, a show that closely resembles ABC fall series (and UK import) Wife Swap. Subtitled “Meet Your New Mommy,” the new series’ crappy Flash web site says tonight’s episode finds “a strong willed Blonde who went from driving a truck in Kentucky to throwing elaborate parties in her mansion in Texas” trading places with “a hardworking Surgical Tech from a low-income section of rural Dallas.” Note the capitalization of both “Blonde” and “Surgical Tech”; apparently being blonde is now a career. Also note that FOX isn’t waiting long to go for the socio-economic or race-baiting. Swaps will span two episodes, and will feature a game element: each family gets $50,000, but only their new family member can spend 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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