MTV’s Run’s House continues tonight; Miss Seventeen’s debut repeats tonight

Although MTV’s latest reality series, the meta-titled The Reality Show, apparently was bumped off MTV only to burn off its episodes online, the network continues to produce new reality series. Two have debuted over the past week.

Run’s House follows Run-D.M.C.’s Joseph “Run” Simmons, who’s a minister and a business owner. He’s also a father of five children, and thus the series is sort of like what The Osbournes would have been if Ozzy was coherent and the kids were younger. The two youngest, Diggy and Russell, wreak the most havoc, but the family is almost too functional for a reality series, never mind one that follows a celebrity. Perhaps this is the birth of a new subgenre, one that’s not quite as manic or absurd as other celebrity-focused series.

Run’s House airs on Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET; the first episode repeats today at 2:30.

Miss Seventeen follows 17 young women competing for a cover and an internship at Seventeen magazine, so it’s kind of like The Apprentice meets America’s Next Top Model for teenage girls. In the Trump/Tyra role is Atoosa Rubenstein, Seventeen’s editor-in-chief. The show was Rubenstein’s idea, and she talks about that in an interview with the New York Observer this week. Of the effects of her new series, she says, “I feel like a D-list reality star.”

Miss Seventeen airs Mondays at 10:30 p.m., and repeats today at 11 p.m.

Run’s House and Miss Seventeen [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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