Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann debuts tonight

Dancing with the Stars spins off a new dance competition tonight with Dance War, which debuts at 8 p.m. ET. The series is a competition between two teams, led by Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, and viewer votes for either team will force the losing team’s captain to eliminate one dancer each week. Second-season winner Drew Lachey hosts the show, which is a UK import (it’s known there as Dance X).

Bruno says the show is different from both its parent and other dance competition series. “‘So You Think You Can Dance’ is a lot about the individuals. This is never individuals. It’s up to Carrie Ann and me how we feature individuals within the group, but you always see them performing as a team, and the focus is how they work together, how they help each other, how they enhance each other, all the group dynamics, and how well they work within that group,” he told the New York Daily News. He also says that there will be different types of dance featured. “We can do anything we want. It’s just got to be appropriate to the song,” he said.

The identities of the dancers are apparently still a secret, as they haven’t been released in a press release, and ABC’s incompetence continues on its ever-crappy web site, which shows the exact same annoying video on every page for the show, so we don’t know who they are or what the show is about.

Dance War [ABC]
Reality-show dancing – with a new twist [New York Daily News]

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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