The CW’s Top Model 7 concludes tonight; NBC’s The Biggest Loser begins its finale

Tonight, one network reality show concludes its fall season, while another begins its finale.

On The CW, the seventh cycle of Top Model will conclude at 8 p.m. ET. Having systematically eliminated most of the models who actually look good in pictures but who the psychic judging panel has determined don’t really want to win, the show is now down to overacting Melrose, bland Eugena, and uneven CariDee.

By the way, a report on says that last week’s “dreadful and embarrassing to watch” episode had a “marked decline in quality” because “last night’s episode was the first without writer involvement,” according to a former writer for the show. (The series’ writers went on strike last summer and were replaced by the show’s editors.)

On NBC, The Biggest Loser 3 begins to wrap up starting at 9 as it narrows the field one last time. Next week’s live finale will award the person who managed to play the best strategic game $250,000. The actual biggest loser will receive $100,000, while the stay-at-home contestant who lost the most weight gets $50,000. The finale will be preceded by a one-hour special during which season two winner Matt Hoover and trainers Bob and Kim will go to a school to teach kids about nutrition, which will probably involve feeding them lots of product-placed Jell-O.

Correction: This post initially stated that the NBC series concluded tonight, as several papers reported this morning; instead, it concludes next week at 8, so tonight’s the first part of the finale.

Top Model cycle 7 [The CW]
The Biggest Loser 3 [NBC]

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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