reality TV this Thanksgiving weekend.

reality TV this Thanksgiving weekend.

There’s no reason for boredom this weekend, as TV is full of reality to keep you more entertained than the reality you have to face on the other side of the Thanksgiving dinner table. Tonight, The Bachelor 6 concludes with a two-hour finale and one-hour reunion, and FOX airs the much-anticipated American Idol Christmas special, titled “Kelly, Ruben, and Fantasia: Home for Christmas.” Plus, there will be reruns of Queer Eye‘s new Thanksgiving special, and a number of reality TV marathons. I run down the schedule for today and tomorrow at MSNBC.com, where TV editor Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and I also select our “reality TV turkeys of the year.” My pick: Donald Trump, for the “Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade balloon that is both his ego and his persona” (although I admit “it’s hard not to love Trump for acting like such an eccentric nitwit”). Gael’s pick is William Hung “for his inability to Just. Go. Away.” She pleads, “William. Please. Stop the insanity.”

Enjoy the long weekend, unless you have to work, in which case, please smile and be happy, because the last thing we want when we go holiday shopping is to face surly employees who refuse to meet our demands for instant gratification. Happy Thanksgiving.

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.

about the writer

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.