Bravo’s Flipping Out, Spike’s Murder debut tonight

Two new cable reality series debut tonight: For its show, Bravo has found another high-strung business owner to follow for its latest docudrama, while Spike debuts a real-life version of CSI.

Flipping Out debuts at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo, and follows Jeff Lewis, “an obsessive compulsive successful businessman” who flips million-dollar homes and “makes his living with the help of a group of diverse and oft disgruntled employees he counts as friends,” according to the network. The full first episode is already online.

The Boston Herald’s Mark A. Perigard says the show “is built on a shaky foundation. There’s not the digging into house renovations to satisfy TLC fans and not enough family dysfunction to satisfy those who thrive on Bravo’s brand of reality crazy.”

Also at 10, Spike debuts Murder, which follows two teams of three people who investigate “a gruesome recreated crime scene and real crime footage” and “compete to be the first to solve the case, correctly, in 48 hours,” the network says. It’s hosted by detective Tommy Le Noir; tonight’s case is about “a husband and wife” who were “shot to death in their own bedroom.”

Variety’s Brian Lowry says the show is “slickly produced” but “doesn’t hold up as anything more than a mindless time-killer.” And The Boston Globe’s Joanna Weiss says the show is “strangely engrossing” even though it “focuses on gore with almost pornographic glee”; it ultimately “makes you wonder if solving murders — or even watching them get solved — is so appealing, after all.”

Flipping Out [Bravo]
Murder [Spike]

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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