Spike’s Invasion Iowa debuts tonight.

Spike’s Invasion Iowa debuts tonight.
Tonight, Spike TV debuts what it’s calling “the greatest hoax in US History.” At 9 p.m. ET, Invasion Iowa kicks off its five-hour, four-night run–the network is airing it as a mini-series rather than spreading the episodes over several weeks. Produced by the people behind The Joe Schmo Show, this hoax involves an entire town. The inhabitants of Riverside, Iowa, “think William Shatner is coming to shoot a science fiction movie called ‘Invasion Iowa.’ What they don’t know is that the movie is fake, and they’re about to take a front row seat to a ridiculous parody of Hollywood.” In other words, it features Shatner and others acting like parodies of themselves, if that’s even possible. Producer Rhett Rheese told the Arizona Republic, “We just thought, ‘What greater undertaking than to try to fool this many people and, really, in essence, fool America?'” Most critics who reviewed the series today or earlier did so by merely summarizing the plot, so screw them and their inability to make an argument.

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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