A&E orders pilot of new Rocco DiSpirito reality show

Rocco DiSpirito’s first foray into reality TV, NBC’s The Restaurant, didn’t go to well: the show reshot real events in order to capture them on camera, NBC pulled the show and then let it resurface on Bravo, never mind the fact that he was banned from entering the restaurant he opened on the show.

But he’s giving reality TV a second shot with a new show on A&E, simply titled Rocco. According to Variety, he “will reveal a softer side in ‘Rocco,’ solving problems for everyday folk via food, whether the person’s trying to win back an ex-girlfriend with a romantic meal or impress the future mother-in-law with a fancy engagement dinner.”

As of right now, A&E has only committed to a pilot episode, produced by 44 Blue Productions, so there’s a possibility this show will crash and burn even before it airs, thus besting his earlier record.

A&E in kitchen with ‘Rocco’ [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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