Kathy Griffin’s Bravo series returns tonight

My Life on the D-List, Kathy Griffin’s docudrama reality series, returns tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo. It’s preceded by her new one-hour comedy special titled “Everybody Can Suck It” at 9.

The previews for this season show both her parents drinking and laughing, but while they usually offer nothing but fun, their presence will carry some weight. That’s because Kathy’s dad John died earlier this year, and Kathy tells McClatchy-Tribune News Service that “[h]e passed away during production. The day after his memorial I had two shows in Las Vegas, and the reality crew came with me. It’s a grueler. That’s the thing with a reality show, whatever happens in your life, there’s the camera.” Even more tragically, she says her “mom’s heart isn’t in it. Together they were like a comedy team.”

This will also be the first season without her husband Matt, who Kathy divorced and no longer talks to.

To promote this season, Kathy has pretended to fall for publicity and even launched a web site, offthedlist.com, which basically is nothing more than a poll about who Kathy should date–from Sanjaya to K-Fed–to get off the D-list. At least she hasn’t lost her shamelessness.

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List [Bravo]
Kathy Griffin’s ‘Life on the D-List’ begins new season [McClatchy-Tribune News Service]

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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