Viva Laughlin’s cancellation moves Amazing Race 12’s debut up to Nov. 4

The first cancellation of a new scripted series this television season is good news for The Amazing Race 12. Initially scheduled to return in 2008, the show will now debut in two weeks, on Nov. 4.

CBS’ Viva Laughlin aired just two episodes, but the network officially cancelled it today, making way for the return of Phil Keoghan and company. TAR “will take ‘Laughlin’s’ place in the Sunday 8 p.m. slot — where the reality show resided last year — effective Nov. 4,” Variety reports. “A repeat ‘CSI’ will run in the time period next week.”

In a press release, executive producer and co-creator Betram Van Munster says, “If there ever was a season that I consider one of the best, it’s this one. It’s insanely funny, fast-paced and dramatic all at once. Teams are in hot pursuit of one another at every location and its reality television at its nail-biting best.”

CBS notes that the new set of “teams will travel approximately 50,000 miles, covering five new countries including Ireland, Lithuania and Croatia.” Those teams have yet to be officially announced, although they’re apparently younger than before. The show was produced last summer.

CBS cancels ‘Viva Laughlin’ [Variety]

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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