stock up on reality TV-related gifts; play designer with Trading Spaces doll houses.

stock up on reality TV-related gifts; play designer with Trading Spaces doll houses.
Retailers have been grabbing our heads and ramming Christmas down our throats since, like, August, so I suppose it’s time to look at some reality TV-related gifts that you can buy and give to people who will undoubtedly regift them next year. For thoughtless gifts, there are the seven million new American Idol-related CDs, and a number of reality TV-related books. Or you could buy an organic cotton reality blurred t-shirt or other product branded with the striking reality blurred TV logo, all of which I forgot I was selling.

But few gifts let you actually pretend you’re on a show–or better yet, let you actually be its star. Sure, there’s the Trump board game, but that’s a board game, and the new Trump talking bobblehead doll that was advertised excessively on last night’s episode of The Apprentice 2, but that’s just scary. Enter the Trading Spaces-themed doll house rooms. The entire line includes a nursery, bathroom, and kitchen–or if one room isn’t enough, a single-story bungalow, or an entire three-story house. There’s even an outdoor version if you want to crawl under your bed and play Ground Force. Paint everything puce! Smear cat poo on the walls! It’s entirely yours. The only thing that it doesn’t come with are homeowners who will actually cry and complain after you’ve destroyed their room. But this can easily be accomplished if you buy the kit for, say, your child, and then redecorate the house while they’re away. See if you can make kids burst into tears over their missing fireplace or new hamster throw rug.

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.