Summer reality TV season ends tonight as the fall season begins

Tonight, the last of the summer reality shows finally say goodbye, and the fall season officially begins. There is no rest in the world of reality television.

Big Brother 7 concludes tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and will include a live reunion and vote. Either Mike “Boogie” Malin or Erika will win the $500,000 prize, although one member of the jury will win $25,000 thanks to viewer votes. In other words, Janelle will win it.

Also at 8, ABC kicks off the third season of Dancing with the Stars 3, which features 11 celebrities and 11 actual dancers, some of whom are endorsed by actual politicians with nothing better to do with their time.

During the second hour of dancing celebrities, CBS will air Rock Star: Supernova, which will take a little bit longer to exit the stage. Tonight, its two-part finale begins with the final performance show at 9 p.m. Tomorrow night, the winner will be announced at 8 p.m. ET–or, more correctly, probably around 8:50, knowing the way they pad these finales.

Big Brother 7 and Rock Star Supernova [CBS]
Dancing with the Stars 3 [ABC]

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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