Missy Elliott’s Road to Stardom, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search debut.

Missy Elliott’s Road to Stardom, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search debut.
A month of new and returning reality show debuts begins tonight, as UPN kicks off The Road to Stardom and NBC airs the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search. UPN’s new “dramality” series stars and is produced by Missy Elliott; on it, “13 aspiring performers head out coast-to-coast with Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott on one of her concert tours, where some of these select male and female vocalists will travel, live together on the tour bus and compete against each other for $100,000 and the opportunity to become music’s next big sensation.” One performer will be eliminated each week. Thus, despite UPN’s attempt to create a new word (“dramality”) to describe the series, we basically have ((Road Rules + Battle for Ozzfest) x American Idol) ÷ Bands on the Run. The show debuts at 8 p.m. ET.

At the same time, NBC baits the FCC with a new competition series, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search. It features women working selflessly to improve the world around them by performing random acts of kindness. Oh, I kid: They’ll just be in bathing suits all the time. Over six Top Model-like episodes, “[t]welve selected finalists will live in Los Angeles where they will compete for the chance to appear in the best selling issue of any magazine in the world and win a million-dollar modeling contract from NEXT Model Management.”

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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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.