viewers try for their own reality series on MTV; VH1 series focuses on models’ agents.

MTV is bringing back its celeb series Meet the Barkers, and giving those desperate for their own reality series a chance to win their own show. The latter is the creatively titled Reality Show, which “features viewers auditioning to star in their own reality show,” Variety reports. No other details were offered. The network is also importing a UK series called Bad Dads, Phat Mums, which Variety says “centers on two fans aiming to re-create a musicvideo by their favorite artist–using their moms and dads as stars.” And the network is making room for yet another dating series, Parental Control, “which allows parents to choose dates for their kids in the hopes of getting rid of a current significant other.”

Over on VH1, which recently picked up the rights to rerun Top Model, the models’ reps are now getting equal time. VH1 has ordered 10 episodes of The Agency, a series that follows agents at Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. A press release says the 10-episode series “gives viewers a first time ever look at how the modeling industry actually works and the real relationships that exist between the agents and talent–both good and bad.” It debuts this fall.

‘Phat,’ ‘Reality’ get cribs at MTV [Variety]
The Pretty Have Never Looked So Nitty Gritty [PRNewswire]

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.