David Lyle promoted to president of Fox Reality, which reaches 35 million homes

Almost two years after its debut, the Fox Reality Channel is now available in 35 million homes. That is “a feat only three other cable outlets (TNT, NFL Network and National Geographic Channel) pulled off so soon after birth,” Variety reports.

Meanwhile, David Lyle, the network’s chief operating officer and GM, has been promoted to president.

Fox Networks Group President Tony Vinciquerra told Variety, “David knows what makes good reality television and how to satisfy its audience’s desire for more. He’s done an outstanding job launching this network and helping to make it grow.” He added that the network is “well ahead of its original business plan,” and said, “We’ve grown up. We’ve come out of junior high and hit adolescence. We’re in profit, and we’ve bought a bunch of new acquisitions.”

Lyle said, “We’re punching above our weight. We’re pleased with how we’ve pulled it together in programming and our look on air.”

Fox Reality names Lyle president [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.