Next week: the Amazing bickering Race ends, Carrie Underwood gets two festive Fox hours

And suddenly, it’s the first week of the last month of the decade. Here’s what you may have missed the past two weeks, and what not to miss next week:

The Past

The Forward

  • Saturday, Dec. 5
    DJ AM’s intervention reality show Gone Too Far ends its season [MTV, 10 p.m.] on Saturday night, where it was dumped after getting low ratings.
  • Sunday, Dec. 6
    The Amazing Race 15 comes to an end [CBS, 8 p.m.], and that bohring coupyle Meghan and Cheyne will probably win, just because it seems like the boring young straight couples tend to win. I’m pulling for Brian and Ericka to win and Sam and Dan to lose their voices so they can’t bicker as they race for the finish line. Also tonight, Holly Madison moves to Las Vegas, stars in Peepshow, and gets her own TV special about it: Holly’s World [E!, 11 p.m.], which airs after the season finale of Holly-less Girls Next Door [E!, 10 p.m.].
  • Monday, Dec. 7
    Fox gives American Idol winner and all-around superstar its entire two hours of prime-time tonight for her own holiday special, creatively titled “Carrie Underwood: An-All Star Holiday Special.” [Fox, 8 p.m.] Also tonight, Million Dollar Listing ends, and I can’t believe they burned off Madison’s surprising (to him) coming out in the penultimate episode. What could possibly happen tonight, besides, you know, some fake Chad and Josh conflict? I love this show.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8
    The Biggest Loser [NBC, 8 p.m.] ends its eighth season with a two-hour finale, starting with the revealtion of who will make it to the final three based on America’s vote. And how long will it take Allison Sweeney to reveal that with. her. slow. delivery. that. drives. me. insane. Meanwhile, MTV tries to balance out its Jersey Shore-style programming with another “aspirational”-type show: Teen Mom [MTV, 10 p.m.], which is a follow-up to/spin-off of 16 and Pregnant, showing us what happened after the pregnant teenagers squeezed out their babies.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9
    Top Chef Las Vegas [Bravo, 10 p.m.] ends its season as one of the Voltaggio brothers or the bearded man will have Padma stare at them and declare them the winner. The Ruins [MTV, 10 p.m.] also ends tonight, if you don’t count the reunion next week, and the “shit they should have shown” special two weeks later, and the fact that I don’t care about the Challenges any more. Finally, I don’t think the world needs another cop reality show, but I like the concept behind Campus PD [G4, 11 p.m.], which follows college campus cops as they deal with drunk students and, well, drunk students.

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.