Laguna Beach’s third season debuts tonight, features “a whole new generation”

Laguna Beach‘s third season debuts tonight, and it features “a whole new generation,” according to MTV, so it’s sort of like Saved By the Bell: The New Class. It debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

The show features a new narrator, Tessa, plus eight other regular cast members. Among them are Chase and Kelan, who have their own rock band, Open Air Stereo.

The reviews suggest this season is going to be as good as the previous ones. “Tessa is likable compared to Kyndra and Cami, the deliciously loathsome queen bees ruling this social jerk circle,” The Boston Herald’s Mark A. Perigard’s writes. “Not nearly as sexy as they think they are, Kyndra and Cami share a quarter of a brain yet manage to instill fear throughout their high school clique.” The Hartford Courant says the cast includes “layabout girls who stress about boys and have daggers out for rival girls (for reasons they seem to forget) and boys who are more clueless than ever, whose maintenance of abdominal muscles seems their main goal.”

But The New York Times’ Virginia Heffernan says there might be a problem because Tessa “cannot carry the voice-over. Second, and worse: she’s not popular. For ‘Laguna Beach,’ that’s downright ominous.” And “Tessa’s exclusion from the ranks of haughty Kyndra and scheming Cami, the big dogs here, is going to suffuse the drama with status anxieties that have no place on ‘Laguna Beach.'”

Laguna Beach [MTV]

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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