NBC’s United Plates of America’s prize called “biggest ever”: a restaurant chain

NBC has announced a new series that will award what it calls “arguably the biggest prize in reality show history,” which is “a new restaurant chain in four cities across America.” United Plates of America is a competition judged “by a panel of real investors who fund the chain of restaurants with their own money,” according to an NBC press release.

Exactly how the show will work is somewhat ambiguous, but NBC says “the investors will put the chosen few through rigorous challenges to discover whose plan has the greatest potential for success.” It sounds like a combination of Shark Tank and Chopping Block.

While NBC hasn’t had much success with new reality show concepts recently, never mind cooking shows (The Chopping Block was pulled off the air), there is good news: The producers are Magical Elves, who produce Top Chef for NBC’s sibling network Bravo.

NBC Announces New Competition Series ‘United Plates of America’… [NBC 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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