ABC’s Dancing with the Stars 5, The Bachelor 11 debut tonight

ABC brings back two of its reality staples tonight, debuting the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars and the (unbelievable) 11th season of The Bachelor.

Besides a new group of quasi-celebrities on Dancing with the Stars 5 at 8 p.m. ET, there’s another major change: Tom Bergeron’s terrible, bumbling co-host Samantha Harris will not be present. She had a baby yesterday, and thus there will be a new co-host, hopefully someone who’s just as entertaining. Samantha’s publicist told the AP, “They told me we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s a surprise.”

The Bachelor 11‘s new star makes his first appearance at 9:30 p.m. ET; the show will normally air at 10. He is Brad Womack, a Texas bar owner who will select from 11 women who ABC says include “an eye-catching beauty who has a secret past, an outspoken vixen dubbed “McNasty” and a devout Christian woman who is also a streaker.” With those women to choose from, the network says Brad “is ready to find his soul mate, settle down and have the family life he has so long desired.” And, you know, break up with her a month or two after the show ends.

Samantha Harris Delivers Baby Girl [AP]
Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor [ABC]

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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