MTV’s 8th & Ocean debuts tonight

MTV’s first new series to use Laguna Beach‘s format debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET, after The Real World Key West.

8th & Ocean follows “ten professional models [who] live together in a beachfront apartment complex, each trying to make their way in a glamorous yet very demanding industry.” That industry is modeling, which ensures that the cast is more beautiful than any we’ve ever seen before.

The New York Daily News’ David Bianculli says the show “is a series for people who don’t think much at all,” which means “it’s perfect for MTV.” But while The Boston Herald’s Mark A. Perigard says that the “manly men” who have “the hair products, the waxing and the musculature of 12-year-old girls” should be eliminated from the series, 8th & Ocean “could be as addictive as ‘Laguna Beach.’ It’s not even close to a model show, but sometimes, after a long day, your brain enjoys a wax job.”

8th & Ocean [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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