Tonight: Big Brother 6 and Rock Star: INXS conclude, and Dancing with the Stars’ dance-off begins

Tonight’s a busy TV night, so make sure the DVR has plenty of room on it. Since when did Tuesdays get all the action?

From 8:30 to 10:01, Dancing with the Stars returns for a dance-off between John O’Hurley and Kelly Monaco. Viewer votes will determine the winner, who will be announced Sunday.

At 9, a summer of friendship and fun concludes on CBS with the one-hour finale of Big Brother 6. The jury will be forced to award either Maggie or Ivette $500,000, and then after that they’ll fade into oblivion as two of the most hated reality stars ever.

Also at 9, R U the Girl concludes on UPN. Unlike Rock Star: INXS, TLC is not looking for a replacement member, just some free publicity.

At 10, CBS’ Rock Star: INXS airs its finale, as one of the final three–J.D., Marty, or Mig–will become INXS’ new lead singer.

Also at 10, ABC’s Wife Swap returns and will confront racism as an African-American woman enters a household with a father who likes to use the n-word.

Of course, there’s also a regular episode of The Biggest Loser 2 at 8, and the premiere of NBC’s My Name is Earl and The Office at 9, which run opposite of a new Supernatural and House, M.D.

Dancing with the Stars [ABC]
Big Brother 6 [CBS]
R U the Girl [UPN]
Rock Star: INXS [CBS]
Wife Swap [ABC]

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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