Meerkat Manor returns tonight; meerkat killed by car

Meerkat Manor, the Animal Planet reality series that stars small mammals that demonstrate more brain power and are more engaging than the average Big Brother cast, returns tonight at 9 p.m. ET for its fourth season.

Subtitled “The Next Generation” and narrated by Stockard Channing, it follows “betrayals, romances, seductions” as “Rocket Dog and Maybelline must live within the rather large shadow of their late mother, Flower, and there’s very little room in the Kalahari for both sisters’ clans.” From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Animal Planet will air old episodes, but if you really need to catch up, seasons one and two are on DVD, and season three will be released June 17.

Last season featured tragedy, the death of Flower, whose life has now been chronicled in a book by Tim Clutton-Brock, who runs the Kalahari Meerkat Project. One of the meerkats followed this season was also killed, but since that occurred after the fourth season was taped, that death won’t be shown on TV until the fifth season.

The meerkat was killed in late April after being hit by a vehicle. The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes reveals that meerkat’s identity, and reports that “[t]he six-inch TV star was killed in what is being described as a hit-and-run while crossing a road in the Kalahari Desert.”

Meerkat Manor [Animal Planet]
Death Knocks (Again) at ‘Meerkat Manor’ [Washington Post]

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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