Hugh Hefner’s Girls Next Door debuts tonight

Billed as “the first reality show that takes you inside the Playboy Mansion,” E!’s The Girls Next Door debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Exactly what the eight-episode series is about isn’t clear, but all the show’s audience really needs to know is that it stars “Hef’s three girlfriends–Holly, Bridget and Kendra.” At least we know that it’s impossible to get an STD by just watching TV.

Hugh Hefner himself apparently “makes only cameo appearances” on the show, according to the AP. But it’s infused with his philosophy: “The major message in my life is there isn’t one way to live your life, and we should not be judging if they’re living it a little differently next door — many roads to Mecca. I think, in my own way, I’ve tried to break down the boundaries related to sexuality, related to age, related to gender,” he says.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Richmond says the series is “an oddly unreal collection of sound bites and vignettes” that “is notably shallow and ludicrous” that “even by E! standards … proves a spectacularly brainless excursion.”

The Girls Next Door [E!]

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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