Commercial-free Laguna Beach finale will include “a couple of surprises”

Next Monday’s finale of Laguna Beach, which will featured Stephen and Kristin’s dramatic final encounter, will air without commercials. That’ll give the cast an extra eight minutes to say “like, bye.”

The episode will be 30 minutes, and will feature the cast live at the TRL studios commenting about the episode, which may take up more time than commercials. The finale will be preceded by a marathon of the entire second season, which will air straight through to the 10 p.m. ET finale, with the exception of an hour-long break for TRL.

During the finale, the show’s executive producer, Tony DiSanto, promises that “[t]here will be a couple of surprises that are going to tip off some great new stuff coming up on the channel.” That’s most likely the announcement of the “familiar faces and some new faces” who will be featured next season, he tells the New York Daily News.

A big ending to ‘Beach’ season [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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