FOX’s The Rebel Billionaire, Spike’s I Hate My Job both debut tonight.

FOX’s The Rebel Billionaire, Spike’s I Hate My Job both debut tonight.
Two celebrity-fronted series debut tonight. The most notable is FOX’s The Rebel Billionaire, which kicks off with a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. ET.
Sixteen players will compete in outrageous stunts around the world as they fight to take over Richard Branson’s Virgin empire. (They’ll become president while he remains chairman, as USA TODAY reports.) Also debuting tonight is Spike TV’s I Hate My Job, hosted by Al Sharpton. The series kicks off at 9 p.m. ET, and “[gives] eight regular guys the opportunity of a lifetime, to ditch their present ‘crappy’ jobs and go after their dream career.” The Chicago Tribune says both shows “have borrowed elements of The Amazing Race, the reality genre’s gold standard for pacing and suspense.” And The Calgary Sun reports that the original concept for Billionaire was a Race-like “international scavenger hunt.”

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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