Fox Reality Channel joining Comcast, Time Warner cable systems

The all-reality TV cable network “Fox Reality has new distribution agreements with the nation’s top two cable system operators Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable,” Variety reports.

That should “push it over the 35 million-subscriber mark in its sophomore year, joining the ranks of National Geographic Channel, TNT and NFL Network,” Variety says. A large number of its current subscribers come from its presence on satellite providers DirecTV and DISH Network; its web site also says it’s available on Cox, Adelphia, Insight, and Cable One.

The network debuted in May of 2005, mostly with reruns of old shows. Thursday night, it debuts its first original docusoap series, Rob and Amber: Against the Odds. Alas, the series is terrible.

Fox Reality locks distribution pacts [Variety]

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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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.