low ratings for Bachelorette 3 debut; more on Fabrice’s sexual orientation.

low ratings for Bachelorette 3 debut; more on Fabrice’s sexual orientation.
The evidence is mounting that The Bachelorette 3 might turn the rose ceremony into a coming-out ceremony. Following up on TVgasm’s report that bachelor Fabrice might be gay, E! says that has “unleashed a frenzy of investigation into the reality contestant’s background.” Among the revelations: a shirtless photo of Fabrice on ChicagoPride.com and his profile at bigmuscle.com. Add all that to the previews that show Fabrice has a surprise confession to make, and, well, he’s probably not going to pull of his face and reveal himself to be Andrew Firestone. But whatever happens, it can only help the show: Its first episode last Monday drew 9.2 million viewers, which is “significantly down from the 2004 edition of The Bachelorette, which averaged 11.6 million viewers.” That also left The Bachelorette 3 in fourth place among the networks. Maybe it’s time to find some new faces instead of recycling the old, or maybe it’s just time to drag this series into an alley and finish it off humanely.

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.