Michael Irvin-hosted reality competition winner will join Dallas Cowboys training camp

The winner of a future Spike TV reality series will earn a spot at the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp, and thus the possibility of actually joining the NFL team. The series will be hosted by former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin, who’s also producing the series.

The as-yet-untitled show “will premiere in the spring of 2009″ and will feature “twelve football neophytes, six wide receivers and six defensive backs, [who] will be broken into two teams, overseen by notable former Cowboy coaches and players,” according to a Spike press release. The team’s owner, Jerry Jones, will appear along with other guest judges, including players and coaches.

The show will be produced by Todd Nelso and JD Roth of 3 Ball Productions, which produces The Biggest Loser and many other series.

In the press release, Irvin called the series “a groundbreaking opportunity for football players and football fans,” and Spike executive Sharon Levy said “This is one of the biggest ideas we have heard and speaks straight to one of our viewers’ favorite sports, football. Michael’s passion and 3 Ball’s storytelling ability is sure to make this one of our biggest shows ever.”

Spike TV Teams Up with NFL Legend Michael Irvin to Give an NFL Hopeful a Shot at Making the Dallas Cowboys Roster [Spike press release]

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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