Beauty and the Geek 2 debuts tonight

The WB pairs eight hot, socially smart, intellectually dumb women and eight ugly, socially inept, intellectually smart men for Beauty and the Geek 2, which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

The “ultimate social experiment,” as the Ashton Kutcher-produced show is called, doesn’t force them to try to fall in love, but instead forces them to work together, which results in more genuine affection than The Bachelor usually has. Also, it’s hysterically fun to watch as, for example, a man fails to recognize Kelly Clarkson’s picture while a woman fails to recognize John Kerry.

For the second season, producers haven’t really changed the formulat at all. And the cast is as strong as last year’s. This time, there’s no Richard, but there’s a good group of geeks, such as a guy who can solve a Rubix cube in mere seconds while it’s behind his back. And the women are as airheady as ever. One positive change: Host Brian McFayden has been replaced by a new, even more nondescript white guy.

Beauty and the Geek 2 [The WB]

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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