$1 million couples Fear Factor concludes.

$1 million couples Fear Factor concludes.
Fear Factor‘s multi-week, $1 million competition between couples concludes tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The show has shifted somewhat from separate episodes with grunting orangutans and airheaded morons doing stunts to episodes that follow contestants over multiple episodes or feature familiar faces. Most of the season five episodes leading up to this six-episode Couples edition have had special themes, from
siblings to “favorite winners.” Coming up are more themed episodes; next week is the “Las Vegas Pairs Show.” And on Feb. 28, just in time for the end of sweeps, is an episode featuring other reality TV show stars. Those who will compete: Omarosa from The Apprentice, Ryan Sutter from The Bachelorette, Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca from Survivor, Reichen Lehmkuhl from The Amazing Race, and Nikki McKibbin from American Idol. And NBC’s press release says that “[a]s a bonus, Trista … is on hand to cheer for her husband Ryan, and is surprised to find she must face a challenge of her own.” Not sure when seeing Bachelorette Trista qualifies as a bonus, but let’s hope she has to eat something really gross, like Alex Michel’s uterus.

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.