Wife Swap renewed; Partner won’t air.

Wife Swap renewed; Partner won’t air.
ABC’s successful fall continues. Yes, that’s ABC, America’s most incompetent broadcast network. ABC has ordered a full season of 22 episodes. The series “has shown considerable Nielsen moxie in its ultracompetitive 10 p.m. Wednesday slot. … averaging a 4.4/11 among adults 18-49–a stunning 52% improvement over ABC’s perf in the timeslot last year,” Variety reports. The show “has also consistently beaten ‘L&O’ in adults 18-34 and either beat or nearly tied the Peacock legend in adults 18-49.” ABC’s Andrea Wong tells the New York Daily News that a second season is under consideration. She likes the show because, “Everybody learns something about themselves. They all come out either learning something about themselves or their families. And they all come out of it with a new appreciation for each other. Or, in some cases, it reaffirms their choices.” Or they all end up in therapy.

Over on FOX, after rumors of trouble with NBC’s legal show, FOX’s The Partner has reached the end of the line, well before it ever aired. FOX said in a statement that “after much consideration, Fox and Rocket Science Laboratories have decided not to produce ‘The Partner.’ With the numerous boardroom-type unscripted programs on the various network’s schedules, we have decided to focus our mutual efforts on other unscripted material.”

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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