Comedy Central’s satirical cartoon series, AMC’s first reality show both debut tonight.

Comedy Central’s satirical cartoon series, AMC’s first reality show both debut tonight.

Two new reality series kick off tonight, and both make fun of the genre. That’s most obvious with Comedy Central’s Drawn Together, an animated series debuting at 10:30 p.m. ET that finds eight fake cartoon characters living in a house.

They’re not for kids, though; as the Boston Herald points out, they include “a Disneylike fairy-tale princess who turns out to be a racist, an Internet-spawned character named Spanky Ham who is as crude as he is crudely drawn and an Asian trading card creature named Ling-Ling who is a sociopath.” The combination of animation and reality TV has created a series that’s “a raunchy, politically incorrect and extraordinarily witty spoof of both reality TV and archetypal cartoon characters beloved by generations of kids,” according to the Mercury News’ review.

Elsewhere, The Hollywood Reporter warns that the debut episode includes ” there’s self-mutilation here, lesbian kissing scenes, beheadings, public urination and more”–which is certain to have us all tuning in. … A half-hour earlier on AMC, that network jumps into reality TV with Film Fakers, a six-episode series that marries Project Greenlight with Joe Schmo.

AMC says the series “seemingly gives young actors their big break in a low-budget film” but “the film’s ‘cast and crew’ are all actors themselves out to create chaos on the set, testing the patience and determination of the new actors.” An AMC VP tells the New York Times “this is more than a reality show. It’s a comedic take on the moviemaking process and movie genres.” According to the paper, “rather than view his program as exploitive or cruel, [show creator Dave Noll] said he prefers to see it as a ‘twisted’ form of wish fulfillment.”

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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