Chasing Farrah debuts tonight.

Chasing Farrah debuts tonight.
Two days after we lost the grandparent of celebrity reality shows, The Osbournes, a new one arrives to take its place. TV Land is debuting Chasing Farrah tonight at 10 p.m. ET, training cameras on Farrah Fawcett for six episodes, two of which air tonight. The show might be the first meta reality show, as it’s extremely self-referential, focusing at first on TV Land execs pitching the series to her, and also including a camera that shows Farrah’s view of the camera crew following her. The New York Daily News reviews the series and gives it three and a half stars, noting, “It’s really good. And unlike most TV shows purporting to be reality, there are times when it seems real.” But Variety says that her handlers “shield everything” and thus “Filmmakers are forced to create a choppy and insufficient overview of Fawcett, certain segments are used as many as three times in the first two episodes.” The Chicago Sun-Times says, however, that in the premiere, “a solid foundation is laid to make the show more an examination of celebrity than another dull celebration. Unfortunately, a gutsy detour down that road is never traveled.” The Arizona Republic gives perhaps the harshest assessment: It “is a disaster, a bizarre combination of narcissism, cluelessness, disdain for the audience and boredom. It’s bad, not in that guilty-pleasure, so-bad-it’s-good way that TV Land is apparently going for, if it is in fact going for anything. Just plain bad.”

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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