America’s Got Talent 3, Flipping Out, and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood debut tonight

Another wave of summer reality TV shows starts tonight, from a summer staple talent show to a docudrama about a crazed man.

America’s Got Talent 3 debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET and tries to again become the number one summer reality series. Jerry Springer returns as host, and the judges–Sharon Osbourne, the Hoff, and Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan–are also back. Piers tells TV Guide that this season has “[a]n amazing collection of talent and some of the most deluded people in America.”

Last year’s winner, ventriloquist/singer Terry Fator, recently “signed a five-year, $100 million contract to perform at Las Vegas’ Mirage casino 48 weeks a year beginning in 2009,” USA TODAY reports. Fator said that winning was “way better than hitting the lottery. In my wildest dreams, I never thought something like this could happen.”

At 10, house flipper Jeff Lewis and his employees return to Bravo on Flipping Out, which is exceptionally watchable even though–or perhaps because–he’s certifiable. He tells the New York Daily News that being criticized for his behavior was tough, but ultimately he’s in this for the cash. “I always wanted to be rich but not famous. After watching people turn their notoriety into successful books or product lines, that was really my goal with this show. This is just about using the fame or notoriety and spinning it into something productive,” he said.

Also at 10, Tori Spelling and Dean leave their fake bed and breakfast behind for their third reality season on Oxygen, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. This season follows them as they “buy their first house, celebrate baby Liam’s first birthday, publish Spelling’s first book — and get ready for the birth of their first daughter,” according to Oxygen.

America’s Got Talent [NBC]
‘Talent’ show is back for 3rd wacky season [USA TODAY]
Flipping Out [Bravo]
Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood [Oxygen]

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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