The Simple Life 5’s ratings are down 20 percent

A press release sent by E! confirmed the report that The Simple Life has been cancelled.

Sunday’s episode will be the “series finale,” E! said, and the network promises more fake drama, as “Paris and Nicole write their own play in tribute to their decades long friendship, enlisting the help of celebrity counselor Sally Kirkland to lead the production.”

While a show source said yesterday that Paris and Nicole’s off-camera drama “overshadowed” the show’s fake drama, The Hollywood Reporter identifies a more likely reason: Viewership for the fifth season “is down 20% from the previous season, averaging 843,000 total viewers through eight episodes this year, compared with 1.1 million for Season 4’s 10 episodes.”

In a separate statement to The Hollywood Reporter, E! said that the show “has been a wonderful addition to the E! schedule for two years, and we will always be grateful to Paris and Nicole for their hard work and graciousness.”

‘Simple Life’ is simply over soon on E! [Hollywood Reporter]

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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