America’s Next Top Model 6 debuts tonight and launches the CW network

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, the new CW network launches with the debut of America’s Next Top Model 7, on which 13 models will compete to be the next next next next next next next top model.

This new season has been affected by the ongoing strike of the show’s story producers, those who craft stories from the footage shot for each episode. While the network says everything’s fine, the union that the writers want to join says that many of this season’s episodes are unfinished. So if something seems off at some point during the season, the strike might be to blame.

Another challenge the show faces is the fact that the series is on a new network, and thus a new channel for many people. According to the Hollywood Reporter, 63 percent of former UPN viewers will be watching Tyra and gang on a new channel. So, find your new station now.

In other related news, to celebrate/advertise the new season, you can have Tyra call your friends (warning: obnoxious music) with a Mad Lib-esque message. Answer questions–such as your friend’s name, their diva-like behaviors (for example, “working those eyes”), your relationship to your friend (“sugar daddy”)–and your friend will get a call from Tyra. If Tyra hasn’t prerecorded your or your friend’s names, you’ll pick a nickname (“chocolate fantasy”), It’s kind of fun; start annoying your friends now.

America’s Next Top Model [The CW]

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.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.