The WB’s Survival of the Richest debuts tonight

Yet another reality show about class differences debuts tonight when The WB kicks off its new series Survival of the Richest at 8 p.m. ET.

The “show matches seven young people with a collective worth of $3 billion with seven young people with a collective debt of $150,000,” and the mismatched teams will work together. After challenges, they’ll be eliminated one team at a time; the last team standing gets $200,000, which, to the rich half of that team, as one contestant points out, as much as they’d drop on dinner. Hal Sparks hosts the series, and he’s pretty much the most recognizable member of the cast; there are no Paris Hiltons or Fabian Basabes here, which actually could work to the show’s advantage.

Critics who’ve seen the show, however, pretty much think it sucks. The Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Richmond says it “pretends to be teaching us important social lessons about privileged class/working class conflict when all it’s really doing is stacking the deck to demonstrate how the wealthy are all pigs, the have-nots unfailingly decent and noble.” The New York Daily News’ David Bianculli isn’t any kinder, calling the show “cold-hearted and dreadful.”

Survival of the Richest [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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