Next week: Animal attack survival stories, and ba-nanas die as Rachel Zoe says bye for now

Here’s what happened last week, and what to watch for next week:

The Past

The Forward

  • Friday, Oct. 9
    Ever wonder what happens when a viscous crazy beast attacks someone–as in, an alligator tears off a man’s arm, or a black widow bites someone? Survivors tell their stories on the new series I’m Alive [9 p.m., Animal Planet], which airs two back-to-back episodes. The episodes include reenactments, so it’s not pure unscripted TV, but chances are there’s not a camera around when an alligator bites someone’s arm off.
  • Saturday, Oct. 10
    Diddy ends his latest series in his Saturday night exile timeslot [MTV, 9 p.m.], while the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders kick off the fourth season of Making the Team [CMT, 9 p.m.].
  • Sunday, Oct. 11
    On The Amazing Race [CBS, 8 p.m. again?], someone will lose their passport. Please let it be that dickhead Lance. Also tonight, E! debuts two more shows I won’t watch: The Girls Next Door [10:30 p.m.], which features new concubines for Hef, and Leave it to Lamas [11 p.m.], which is about Lorenzo and Shayne Lamas and their family.
  • Monday, Oct. 12
    In a six-episode series that first aired in Canada, an entire town in British Columbia eats locally–food grown within 100 miles–for 100 days. The 100 Mile Challenge [Planet Green, 10 p.m.] is based on the book The 100-Mile Diet. Also tonight, Rachel Zoe and company say goodbye to this season. [Bravo, 10 p.m.] Die. Die. Die. Ba. Nanas. Die. Die. That’s followed by the return of an even nuttier and more unlikable people on Million Dollar Listing [Bravo, 11 p.m.].
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13
    Hell’s Kitchen ends its latest season [Fox, 8 p.m.] with a two-hour finale that preempts So You Think You Can Dance. Unacceptable! Barry Levinson’s documentary about the Baltimore Colts marching band that kept playing even after their team moved, The Band That Wouldn’t Die, debuts as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series [ESPN, 8 p.m.].
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14
    The title of tonight’s episode of America’s Next Top Model [CW, 8 p.m.] is “Petite Ninja Wariors.” Another law enforcement agency gets its own reality series with the debut of Alaska State Troopers [National Geographic Channel, 10 p.m.].

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.

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.