Oxygen reality TV exec Vadas may move to CW

The Oxygen network executive responsible for ordering shows such as The Bad Girls Club and Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance will likely become The CW’s new head of reality TV. Kristen Connolly Vadas “is in talks” with the network, Variety reports.

Vadas would replace Jen Bresnan, CBS’ new senior VP for alternative programming, who previously held that job at The CW. She “would report to CW Entertainment [president] Dawn Ostroff,” Variety says, which is a change because Bresnan reported to CBS’ Ghen Maynard, who she replaced. (The CW is owned in part by CBS.)

Having cancelled Beauty and the Geek, The CW has just three reality series right now, although others are in development. Currently airing are its standby America’s Next Top Model, the pretty terrible Stylista, and In Harm’s Way, a knock-off of the tough-jobs shows on Discovery and History.

Vadas to head CW’s reality dept. [Variety]

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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