Newlyweds, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, American Idol are People’s Choice.

Newlyweds, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, American Idol are People’s Choice.
If you didn’t sit through last night’s People’s Choice Awards, which was two hours of celebrities pretending to be surprised when they won an award even though none of their competitors showed up, you might have missed the winners in the three reality TV-related categories. First, to recap, review the nominees. Next, in the category known during the online voting process as Favorite Reality Show/Other, which was rechristened “Favorite Reality Show 24/7″ during the broadcast, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica beat out its competition. Somewhere, Ashlee reached for the phone number of an orphanage to find herself a new dad. In the new Favorite Reality Show/Makeover category, tear-jerker Extreme Makeover: Home Edition took the prize. And American Idol broke Survivor‘s four-year streak when it won the Favorite Reality Show/Competition award.

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.