The Bachelor 8 debuts tonight

ABC’s ancient reality series The Bachelor 9 debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The eighth season leaves the United States for Paris, where Dr. Travis Stork, a 33-year-old ER doctor from Tennessee, will select from a group of 25 women.

This time, producers found someone who wasn’t desperate to use the show for fame and attention, picking up Travis literally off the street. He literally almost turned them down. “Afterward, I said, ‘Thanks but no thanks.’ And then later that night I was talking to my sister, who’s a huge ‘Bachelor’ fan, and when she got wind of this she was actually a little upset that I didn’t plan on seeing it through, and she made me promise to do it, and soon after was on my way to Paris,” he told reporters.

Besides not being a fame whore, Travis is also not a whore whore, telling reporters, “In real life, I would never date 25 women at once.” But once he was forced to, he mysteriously says, “I’m really happy with the way things ended.” Hopefully, so will whoever manages to make it through the entire season.

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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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