MTV’s Pageant Place debuts tonight

The winners of Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA live together for a year, and thus it was only a matter of time before a reality series was developed to take advantage of that situation. Pageant Place, a new eight-episode series that debuts tonight on MTV at 10:30 ET, and follows Miss Universe Riyo Mori, Miss USA Rachel Smith, and Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, and their lives as pageant winners.

Former Miss USA Tara Conner also stars, sort of as a mentor, despite having gone into rehab earlier this year for cocaine and other drug abuse. Donald Trump, who serves as executive producer of the series and owns the pageants in which the women competed, said earlier this year that he gave her “a second chance.” Trump will make appearances on the show to check in.

The series will apparently not avoid imperfections in the pageant queens’ lives. “It’s a good way to show what these young women’s lives are like. We’re not pretending these girls are perfect,” Miss Universe President Paula M. Shugart tells the New York Times.

Hilary Cruz, who takes over from Katie Blair, said, “We want America to see there is so much substance to us. They see the pretty girl being crowned and at the end of the year giving the crown to someone else.”

Pageant Place [MTV]
Three Crowns Sharing One Apartment [New York Times]

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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