Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher creating beauty pageant show for ABC

America’s Next Top Model producer Tyra Banks and Beauty and the Geek producer Ashton Kutcher are creating a reality competition for ABC that will focus on beauty pageant.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The as-yet-untitled project will feature contestants competing in a beauty pageant. Naturally there’s a twist, but the network has requested that the concept remain under wraps because the show hasn’t started production.”

That sounds a lot like the paper knows the twist but won’t reveal it, because protecting access to a network is much more important than providing actual information to readers. Earlier, however, Tyra told Entertainment Weekly that the show would be ”my brand and his brand combined.” That prompted the magazine to speculate it would be America’s Next Top Geek.

Whatever it is, eight episodes will be produced, but the new series does not yet have a projected debut date.

Banks, Kutcher team for new reality series [Hollywood Reporter]
Tyra Banks: America’s Next Top Mogul [Entertainment Weekly]

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.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.