Next Top Model 5, The Reality Show repeat their debuts

Two reality shows, one new and one returning, repeat their debut episodes tonight. Last week, with my DVR , I totally missed the premiere of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 5 and MTV’s The Reality Show.

UPN repeats America’s Next Top Model tonight at 8 p.m ET, the same time the show will repeat every week. New episodes air Wednesdays at 8. This is the first Janice Dickinson-less season, and without Janice, the show had record ratings. Most significantly, according to a UPN press release, Tyra’s show beat The Apprentice: Martha Stewart in certain demographics (adults 18-34 and women 18-34).

On MTV, the network brings us its most meta reality show ever, titled, naturally, The Reality Show. The second episode airs tonight at 10:30 p.m., while the first episode repeats tomorrow at 6 p.m., followed by the third at 6:30. The show will award its winner their own reality show on MTV; viewers vote for who gets “cancelled” each week.

America’s Next Top Model 5 [UPN]
The Reality Show [MTV]

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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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.