Last Comic Standing 5 debuts tonight; American Inventor 2, continue

This is the summer of reality talent competitions; there are at least six American Idol rip-offs currently airing, and six Project Runway-style series will air by the end of the summer. You’d think that producers and networks had run out of ideas.

Two of the stage/judges/audience series debuted on ABC last week: The Next Best Thing, a celebrity impersonator competition, which airs at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the second season of American Inventor at 9. Both are still in their audition rounds. On the latter show, the host and judges were fired, except judge Peter Jones. Joining him are new judges George Foreman, Pat Croce, and Sara Blakely.

Tonight, NBC kicks off the fifth season of Last Comic Standing with a two-hour premiere, which airs at 9 p.m. ET. It features a new host, Bill Bellamy, plus new judges, Alonzo Bodden, ANT, and Kathleen Madigan, all of whom were previously on the show. The show searched for comics internationally, and will award one a new prize of $250,000.

The Next Best Thing and American Inventor [ABC]
Last Comic Standing [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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