The Surreal Life 6 debuts tonight

VH1 debuts the sixth season of The Surreal Life tonight at 9 p.m. ET, opposite the cliffhanger-continuing episode of The Sopranos.

In the house this year is Sherman Hemsley, C.C. DeVille, Alexis Arquette, Tawny Kitaen, Steve Harwell, Andrea Lowell, and, in a cameo role only, Florence Henderson. As to the male reality star rumored to be joining the house, he will be selected during a “15 More Minutes of Fame Reality Hunk Pageant.”

VH1 is doing its best to generate pre-show drama, noting that DeVille is “fresh out of rehab” and calling Arquette “Transgender Hollywood Royalty.” The network has already revealed some of the tasks the cast will be given during their brief stay in the house, although those tragically don’t include an FCC-baiting pixelated orgy.

The Surreal Life 6 [VH1]

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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