A&E cancels Rollergirls, is developing other reality series

A&E’s Rollergirls, the first series to borrow Laguna Beach‘s aesthetic, has been cancelled. Variety reports that “execs were pleased with the content of the show” but that “ratings were subpar.”

A&E is not abandoning reality TV, however. The network has renewed Dallas SWAT, and will debut a new Dog the Bounty Hunter this month and new series King of Cars next month.

And A&E has ordered a pilot for a show that “follows showbiz kids Randy Spelling, Sean Stewart (son of Rod) and budding talent agent Dave Weintraub as they move out of their parents’ homes and try life as roomies.” Also in development is Out There, which follows “members of an officially sanctioned Paranormal Research Society at Penn State.”

Reality sets in for new A&E series [Variety]

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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