The Bachelor, True Beauty, other shows debut

A flood of new reality series kick off this week; from last Friday to next Sunday, there are 17 new shows, eight of which debut between last Friday and today. To keep up with new series–I only post about the debuts of the most newsworthy shows–bookmDark the winter reality TV schedule, which is frequently updated, most recently to include the return of The Real Housewives of New York City.

Over the past few days, TLC debuted Countdown to the Crown, its Miss America reality series; Animal Planet debuted its dog makeover series Underdog to Wonderdog, and VH1 debuted ’80s idol-following docudrama Confessions of a Teen Idol and the new Rock of Love, which takes place on a bus and is probably Bret’s last season.

Tonight, NBC’s Superstars of Dance competition–which officially debuted last night (where it places third behind Desperate Housewives and NCIS)–moves to its regularly scheduled Mondays at 8 timeslot. At the same time, ABC kicks things off with the thirteenth (!) season of The Bachelor, which this time includes single moms, as new bachelor Jason Mesnick is a single dad.

At 9:30, MTV spins off Run’s House with Daddy’s Girls, a new series that follows Vanessa and Angela Simmons as they move to Los Angeles.

And at 10 is ABC’s True Beauty, which is from Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher. If that doesn’t make it sound fascinating enough, here’s ABC’s description: “gorgeous contestants assume they’re being judged solely on their outer appearance” but “are also being evaluated — unbeknownst to them — for their INNER beauty as well when they’re put through scenarios and situations that require them to make moral decisions.” Tune in to find out what qualifies as a moral decision in Tyra and Ashton’s universe.

Daddy’s Girls [MTV]
The Bachelor and True Beauty [ABC]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.