Bravo’s Project Runway debuts tonight.

Bravo’s Project Runway debuts tonight.
Bravo kicks off its fashion designer challenge Project Runway tonight at 10 p.m. ET, further solidfying its position as the most fabulous network on TV. Executive producer and host Heidi Klum, who if she’s like the slew of other celeb reality show hosts of late will be on screen for maybe three minutes all season, tells the AP that the show is a documentary, not a reality series. “We’re going to show the public what it’s like to be a designer. I think people will be interested to see what it’s really like, how talented designers are.” Still, the 12 amateur designers will be competing for $100,000 to start a fashion line, and will be eliminated one by one–which, of course, generally happens on documentaries. They’ll compete in design challenges, such as creating an evening ensemble with $50 that they can only spend at a grocery store. The winner also gets “mentorship from the Banana Republic Design Team” and their “designs will be photographed for Elle by the magazine’s world-renowned Publication Director, Gilles Bensimon.” The New York Post says that “even though most reality shows have become as boring as six-hour community board meetings, occasionally one can still break the cycle by, well, copying the best of them,” and this show is one of them. Linda Stasi writes that the show “works despite the unpersonality of supermodel Heidi Klum, whose delivery is flatter than Kate Moss’ chest.”

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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