Inferno 3 Challenge debuts tonight on MTV

For the 14th–yes, 14th–season of Real World/Road Rules Challenge, MTV takes 20 of its usual suspects to South Africa to compete in The Inferno 3.

They’ll play for $400,000 total, with $15,000 prizes being given out for individual challenges and $150,000 going to the final winner.

Like for the last Inferno, MTV has dived the group into teams of the Good Guys and Bad Asses; the team “built from loyalty and trust” consists of Ace, Alton, Cara, Colie, Davis, John, Paula, Rachel, Susie, and Timmy. The team “formed on a basis of manipulation and lies” is Abram, Aneesa, CT, Danny, Ev, Janelle, Jenn, Kenny, Tonya, and Tyrie.

I was drawn back into the Challenges by the second Inferno, but then was disappointed by The Duel (with its absurd rules), Fresh Meat, and Gauntlet 2 (with its crappy challenges) versions that followed. Last time, the Inferno was hosted by Dave Mirra, a man who actually made sense when he talked. But this time, our friend and most recent Challenge host TJ Lavin returns; let’s just hope that this season offers more entertainment than his nonsensical babble.

The Inferno 3 [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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