Viva Hollywood telenova competition debuts tonight on VH1

After tonight’s 90-minute finale of Rock of Love 2 tonight, VH1 will debut a new talent competition, Viva Hollywood, at 10:30 p.m. ET. It will air at 10 on Sundays starting next week.

On the show, a group of “aspiring Latino actors … will live together, fight together, make love together” and be “competing for the coveted title and a Hollywood prize package that includes a contract with Telemundo, the biggest telenovela production company in the United States,” according to the network. The show is hosted by Maria Conchita Alonso and Carlos Ponce.

VH1 says that this “is the first reality show where the losers aren’t just eliminated, they’re killed off” because “contestants watch themselves in an over the top telenovela death scene to see if they live another day or ‘die’ trying.”

Executive producer Tom Campbell says the series is “a groundbreaking show that crosses cultural lines, and pays tribute to our obsession with the passion, fashion and machinations of telenovelas.”

Viva Hollywood [VH1]
VH1 is in Search of America’s ‘Numero Uno Telenovela Star’ [VH1 press release]

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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