The Amazing Race 12 debuts, delayed again by football

The Amazing Race 12 debuted last night, and once again, the east coast broadcast did not start on time.

Stupid-ass football apparently ran over time, and thus so did the start of the race, thanks to CBS’ decision to air the series on Sundays when this seems to happen every damn week, and by the network’s stubborn insistence upon airing all of Andy Rooney’s insipid nonsense instead of going straight to Phil.

The big problem is for DVR users like me. Having been screwed over by this in the past, I even tried to set my DVR to record an extra hour of the show, but it switched over to record Dexter and Tell Me You Love Me instead, because I hadn’t thought to cancel those recordings. And to pour salt in an open wound and then chop off the limb with a rusty ax, CBS does not offer the show online. I can watch Guiding Light, CSI: Miami, or The Rules of Engagement, but not The Amazing Race. Bastards.

Of course, I’m only actually pissed because I was looking forward to starting my week with a brand-new season of The Amazing Race, and now I have only 25 minutes, with commercials. And who wants to start the adrenaline rush only to be denied the conclusion?

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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