NBC’s Meet Mister Mom debuts tonight

NBC forces men to appreciate their partners tonight with its new series, Meet Mister Mom, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. As the title suggests, dads are left in charge of their household while mom vacations. On each episode, this actually happens in two homes, with dads and kids left alone together. In the two households, both alike in their lack of dignity, they’ll compete in challenges, and the winner walks away with a prize.

NBC says “The results are funny, heartwarming and something every busy family can relate to!” But The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Tom Dorsey writes that it’s “dull,” “unimaginative,” and “stupid.” There’s a little praise from The Hollywood Reporter, which says that “[t]he beauty of what is otherwise a singularly lame semi-scripted diversion is that the producers are essentially upfront about leaving nothing to chance.”

Meet Mister Mom [NBC]

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.

about the writer

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.