reality TV show debuts this week.

reality TV show debuts this week.
We’re in the middle of an influx of new shows, with five major series kicking off this week and next. Those of you with electricity can enjoy these new shows:

  • The Next Great Champ kicked off its well-known but barely advertised run Tuesday on FOX, and reairs Friday at 9 p.m. ET.
  • The Real World Philadelphia also began yesterday, but since this latest season of reality TV’s grandparent airs on MTV, it will of course be repeated 1,252 times before next week.
  • The Apprentice 2 takes over Thursday nights on NBC starting with a 90-minute debut Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET. The debut also repeats Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
  • On Monday, ABC’s new series The Benefactor debuts at 8 p.m. ET, as Mark Cuban meets the 16 people who will vie for $1 million of his fortune.
  • Survivor Vanuatu launches a week from tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET, sharing Thursday evenings with The Apprentice 2.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.