Mr. T’s I Pity the Fool debuts tonight on TV Land

TV Land’s new reality series I Pity the Fool, which (obviously) stars Mr. T, debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET. On the show, Mr. T “goes into the real world to dispense advice, motivate procrastinators and rev up slackers,” according to the show’s site. The entire episode is already available on Yahoo TV.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Erik Pedersen says the show is “so carefully staged that nothing is left to chance,” and thus the series “is ultralightweight comedy at best. … Nonfans needn’t bother.” The Washington Post’s John Maynard calls it “a treacly, overbearing reality show” which “is a half-hour of the star spewing clunky cliches and mind-numbing advice as he and the participants get embarrassingly sentimental.”

But The Boston Herald’s Linda G. Kincaid actually likes it, calling the series “a fresh, funny take on the life-makeover show that will crack you up, warm your heart and maybe even leave you a little teary.”

I Pity the Fool [TV Land]

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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