all 201 former Real World, Road Rules cast members will be on the next Challenge.

all 201 former Real World, Road Rules cast members will be on the next Challenge.
The next season of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge will have a cast numbering more than 200, including every one of the 118 people who’ve appeared on The Real World and the 83 who’ve done Road Rules. The tiny number of former cast members who’ve embarrassingly shunned show-related appearances and gone to actually accomplish things in their lives–like LA’s Aaron, London’s Jay, and, um, I can’t think of any others–will participate, as producers threatened them with their contracts’ little-known Rumpelstiltskin clause. Executive producer Jon Murray said, “It’s not like most of them do anything besides talk and blog about their appearances on our shows. And those who think they’re better than our show, well, we made them, and we can destroy them, too.” All 200 plus cast members will be stranded on an island in Borneo for a year, with cameras covering their lives 24/7. “Having ripped off Fear Factor and other shows, we figured, why not borrow from Survivor and Big Brother? We’re so beyond being out of ideas that now we’re just making stuff up on the spot,” an MTV exec said. Since the rules of the Challenges have become increasingly inane, rules will be dispensed with for this season, which is subtitled, “Lord of the Flies.”

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.