Growing Up Gotti’s third season debuts tonight; Victoria had cancer

The third seasons of Growing Up Gotti debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET as A&E airs the 29th episode focusing on whatever it is that the Gotti boys and their mother are screaming at each other about lately. That may or may not involve the clothing line that the brothers are starting (“Gotti Gear”) or the restaurant they are opening in New York (“Ciao Bella”).

Speaking of Victoria, she told the New York Daily News exclusively yesterday “that she was diagnosed with breast cancer last November, but kept her grueling treatments hidden even” from “her friends, her producers and most of all her sons.” Today, she says, “They caught it early and the prognosis is good.” Victoria also talks to the paper about her heart problems during her cancer treatment and about her first-born, who died at two days old.

Growing Up Gotti [A&E]
Victoria’s cancer challenge [New York Daily News]

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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