R U the Girl with T-Boz & Chilli debuts tonight

UPN kicks off its own search-for-a-singer show tonight at 8 p.m. ET with the awkwardly titled R U the Girl with T-Boz & Chilli. T-Boz and Chilli will look for a third woman to perform with them and record a single. However, they’re quick to note that they do not want to replace Left Eye. Instead, they just want to make old white male TV critics have to write “R U” non-ironically.

The Hollywood Reporter says the show “doesn’t break any ground as a format, but it does have an unexpected charm lacking in many of its kindred series.” The New York Daily News says that’s because everything “is clearly designed to accentuate the positive. In contrast to most elimination shows, which become giddy when someone looks awful on camera, the critiques here are all framed to be constructive.”

R U the Girl [UPN]

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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