Nicole is America’s Next Next Next Next Next Top Model

Nicole Linkletter is the fifth Top Model, defeating Nik, who made it to the final two. Bre went home first, thankfully disproving TV Guide’s apparent spoiler. Nicole wins a contract with Ford Models, an ElleGirl cover and feature, and $100,000 from CoverGirl.

While the judges were impressed with Bre’s growth and personality (e.g., her cool voice and tendency to flip out and make good television), she was probably too short to be a model, never mind too unpredictable, so she went home first. Nik, as the judges kept pointing out, had the same face in nearly every shoot. But Nicole rocked the final Cover Girl photo shoot and the runway show, where notes she “emerge[ed] like a Formula One car, her grill glowing with that fierceness that Tyra can never shut up about. She is well nigh frightening in her newfound confidence and gorgeousness.” For that, she won.

Next week, UPN airs a reunion of all the contestants.

Top Model 5 [UPN]

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.