American Gladiators returns tonight with Rocket and Jet

NBC’s newly resurrected version of American Gladiators returns for a second season tonight, just three months after the first season concluded. A two-hour episode airs at 8 p.m. ET.

Last season’s winners Evan Dollard and Monica Carlson claim their prizes and become new gladiators Rocket and Jet (really). There’s also Phoenix, a new female gladiator, in addition to “an all-new state-of-the-art Gladiator Arena” and seven new events, according to NBC. The show also has recruited gay competitors.

In addition, like other Facebook whores, the show has created an American Gladiators Facebook application that “will allow users to square off against gladiators, their friends and the entire Facebook community for the chance to win an official ‘American Gladiators’ Joust Stick — signed by the American Gladiators along with other top prizes,” according to an NBC press release.

Despite the new hires and changes, producers have tragically not fired terrible hosts Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, although perhaps they’ll be allowed to just speak this seasons instead of badly reading badly scripted banter off teleprompters.

NBC Announces Two New Heart-Pounding Events and Three New Gladiators… and
NBC Gives Daring Facebook Users the Chance to Face Off With ‘The Official American Gladiators Challenge’ [NBC press releases]

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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