High School Reunion returns with “one of the biggest bombs ever dropped on a reality show”

TV Land’s resuscitated version of High School Reunion returns tonight at 10 p.m. ET for its second season on the cable network, and the franchise’s fifth season.

The new version features classmates reunited after 20 years instead of 10, and that continues for this second TV Land season. Fifteen members of the class of 1988 from Chandler High School, which is located outside of Phoenix, Arizona, will be reunited in Kauai, Hawaii, to be re-labeled (“The Jock,” “The Homecoming Queen,” “The Outcast”) and to see how they get along two decades later.

Executive producer Mike Fleiss, who’s been busy teasing the shocking finale of The Bachelor 13, says that this season of High School Reunion has a surprise, too. “There’s secret revealed on this season of High School Reunion that’s more than bizarre. I think it’s one of the biggest bombs ever dropped on a reality show. ‘Secrets will be revealed!’ is sort of part of the reality landscape, but this one is really weird,” he told Reality TV World.

“You’re going to want to watch the show just to find out what the secret is. It’s bizarre. I’ve been doing this a long time, I really have, and this one caught me by surprise,” he said, noting that Maricela and Jessica “figure largely into the secret,” which is “not necessarily about them, but the way the secret is revealed involves them.”

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‘High School Reunion’ producer Mike Fleiss talks about new season [Reality TV World]

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