50 Cent: The Money and the Power debuts tonight

50 Cent’s search for a business mogul debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET on MTV. On 50 Cent: The Money and the Power, host 50 Cent lets young people compete for $100,000 to seed a business. It’s based upon his forthcoming book The 50th Law, which he wrote with The 48 Laws of Power author Robert Greene.

Despite having its 14 wannabe entrepreneur contestants compete in book smarts versus street smarts teams and assign team “bosses,” 50 Cent insists the show is not a clone of The Apprentice. “Immediately when you say a reality show that has a business spin to it, they think ‘The Apprentice,’ and the difference is these people don’t actually want to work for me. They have their own business ideas that they created and they’re competing for $100,000 in seed money,” he told the AP.

In other words, it’s more like the UK’s Dragon’s Den, which is coming to the States and follows people asking for investments in their businesses.

But since it airs on MTV, it’s also nothing like that, as this clip labeled “girl fight” indicates. Although the trailer makes 50 Cent seem kind of low-key and even boring as a host, it may be underselling him, because at its end, he delivers a great line: “You have one more chance. In hell. Get the fuck out of here.”

50 Cent: The Money and the Power [MTV]
50 Cent has business-centered reality show on MTV [AP]

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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