NBC will air SI swimsuit competition; Spike TV will follow Vegas clubbers.

NBC will air SI swimsuit competition; Spike TV will follow Vegas clubbers.
NBC will air Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit competition as a reality series that will leave the winner up to viewers. Sports Illustrated’s Fresh Faces Competition (Yeah, faces. Right.) is a six-week “series [that] will run just before the Feb. 15 release of the issue itself,” and “will illuminate contestants’ personalities and stories, as well as the ways that winning could change their lives,” The New York Times reports. Viewers will vote for the winner, who gets the cover of the swimsuit issue and $1 million. Elsewhere, Spike TV is adding to the Vegas reality offerings with The Club, a 10-episode series that starts Oct. 12 and, according to Reuters, “will chronicle the goings-on at a dance establishment in Las Vegas” called ICE. Heineken and Allied Domecq Spirits will provide sponsorship and lubrication. A press release runs down the people who will be featured on the series, and they include club owner Ed and DJ Paul Oakenfold.

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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