The Simple Life 4 debuts Sunday on E!

On Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, E! airs The Simple Life 4, which is subtitled “‘Til Death Do Us Part.” The format directly rips off Wife Swap, as Paris and Nicole will enter people’s houses to act as the wife/mother for a day as they navigate a bunch of staged, set-up situations that are supposed to make us laugh.

This is the season that FOX dropped, and if a reality show is not good enough for the network that gave us Who’s Your Daddy, it doesn’t seem to have a lot of potential.

Also good news: The first episode wasn’t available to be reviewed by some critics, which must mean that it’s so exciting that just no one can see the top-secret footage before Sunday. I’m counting the days–until E! cancels it.

The Simple Life 4 [E!]

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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