“Newly designed” Road Rules will return to MTV

Buried in the newly launched web site of Bunim-Murray’s recently announced M Theory company, which exists to repurpose and develop new content for the Internet and mobile devices, there’s some news about Road Rules, which has been on hiatus for more than a year. It’s been so long that TV.com says the show has “ended.”

However, the MTV series “is being developed to return to the network in a newly designed format which will allow the viewer to play a role in both competitions and the fate of players via broadband and mobile technology,” the web site says.

What exactly that means or how exactly that will work isn’t clear, but hopefully it’ll work better than the show’s series-killing decision to force the cast members to vote each other off the show, which started around the time reality TV began and producers for the original competition-based series got insecure over all of the vote-off shows on TV.

M Theory

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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