The Duel challenge debuts tonight on MTV

MTV is moving its Real World/Road Rules Challenge to Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET starting tonight with the debut of The Duel.

This season, 20 alumni head to Brazil where, according to, “it’s every man and woman for themselves.” Of those 20, one quarter are “fresh meat” from the last Challenge: Casey, Diem, Eric, Evan, and Kenny. And John, Paula, Svetlana, and Tyler represent The Real World Key West, the most recent season to air. TJ Lavin is back as host to stumble through his lines, yo.

To promote the time change and the drama, MTV’s uploaded uncensored clips of dramatic moments from the new Challenge to YouTube–some of which use the username “shamelesspromotion.” At least they acknowledge it.

One video shows a mild confrontation between Tina and Beth, while in another Nehemiah asks Beth, “Why did you just give Tina a little bit of tongue”?. But the most dramatic clip comes courtesy CT, who screams “I’ll fucking kill you” to Wes.

Update: The full episode is also on MSN Video, if you can’t wait and use Internet Explorer.

The Duel [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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