Evan, Monica win American Gladiators and become new gladiators

Evan Dollard and Monica Carlson won American Gladiators, each receiving $100,000, an SUV, and a position as a gladiator for the upcoming second season of the show.

Evan, who has superhuman speed on so many events, but particularly the wall, started the Eliminator with a 9.5 second head start, and Alex Rai never had a chance. Evan beat his own 1:23.0 record on the Eliminator, finishing it in 1:19.0. “I’ve never felt more alive,” he said.

The women’s Eliminator was much more competitive, as Shanay Norvell caught up to soccer mom Monica on the net despite Monica’s head start, but pulled ahead and beat Shanay.

“You get to join these gladiators as American Gladiators next season,” Laila Ali said in her last (thankfully) terribly delivered, poorly scripted line of the season. And hopefully that’s not true, and the show will drop its lamer gladiators (hello, Militia) and replace them with ones cloned from Wolf.

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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