Real World Austin, called a “colossal bore” and the “worst season ever,” ends tonight

Despite the drunken violence and run-ins with the cops, when The Real World Austin ends tonight at 10 p.m. ET, it seems that many people won’t exactly be crying.

The Austin-American Statesman’s Diane Holloway sums up criticism for this season, noting that the “general consensus among fans and episode recappers is that it has been a colossal bore.” Fans of the series call this the “worst season ever” to “boring beyond belief.” Still, in terms of viewers, the show is “averaging 3.41 million viewers a week. That’s more than the previous season, which was set in Philadelphia — but less than earlier seasons set in San Diego, Las Vegas and Chicago.”

While Austin officials say they’re happy with the exposure, Holloway says that by “the time the production wrapped in May, the cast had worn out its welcome.” Austin Film Office director Gary Bond said the show “reflects well on the city but maybe rather poorly on the state of youth in America.”

MTV’s ‘Real World’ cast raises a final, boring glass tonight [Austin-American Statesman]
The Real World Austin [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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