BET plans Lil’ Kim reality show Countdown to Lockdown, and show that follows a drum line

BET is planning two new reality shows, including a previously revealed show that followed Lil’ Kim before she went to prison.

Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown is “a six-episode reality series about the last two weeks in the life of the raunchy female rapper before she began a one-year prison sentence in September for perjury linked to a shooting between rival hip-hop camps,” according to the New York Times.

Also on BET’s lineup is Season of the Tiger, which “chronicles the achievements and pressures of football players and band members at Grambling State University, a historically black school in Louisiana,” the paper reports. Neither show has a premiere date yet.

The shows are designed to let BET “reach its base with more breadth and creativity, while also trying to woo new viewers.” That strategy has its critics–including original Real World star Kevin Powell. “There has been such a pandering to younger people. … We have to stop participating in the one-dimensional portrayals of ourselves. And BET as the premier television network for black people has to take the lead on that,” he said.

Chief of BET Plans to Broaden Programming Appeal [New York Times]

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.