Next week: little people and pit bulls, Johnny Weir, and Jersey Shore’s finale

This week, I and a lot of other TV critics have been engaged in an orgy of publicity, breaking news, and crazy shit, like Legacy dancing in the aisle of a hotel ballroom and shaking his butt at my face.

The Past

The Forward

  • Friday, Jan. 15
    The third season of I Shouldn’t Be Alive [Animal Planet, 9 p.m.] debuts as a woman and extreme athlete tells the story of falling into a canyon in the desert. Meanwhile, people who log in the swamp are followed on the second season of Swamp Loggers [Discovery, 10 p.m.]
  • Saturday, Jan. 16
    The new docudrama series Pit Boss debuts [Animal Planet, 10 p.m.] and follows little people who rescue and rehabilitate pit bulls.
  • Monday, Jan. 18
    MTV counters its general reality nonsense with The Buried Life [MTV, 10 p.m.], a series that follows four 20-something friends who work to check items off of their list of dreams, like playing basketball with Barack Obama, and then help other people accomplish something they dream about doing. Also that hour, Be Good Johnny Weir debuts [Sundance Channel, 10:30 p.m.] and follows the 24-year-old athlete as he competes and tries to make the Olympic team.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19
    Patti Stanger’s abrasive matchmaking returns on the second season of Millionaire Matchmaker [Bravo, 10 p.m.], and yet another ghost exploration show (seriously? really? WTF?) debuts: Paranormal Cops [A&E, 10:30 p.m.], which follows Chicago cops who search for ghosts while off duty. Oh, and American Idol [Fox, 8 p.m.] is still on, though its audition episodes shrink to just one hour tonight and tomorrow night.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20
    Making sure its brand is firmly established as the place for disturbing television, TLC debuts a third season of Toddlers & Tiaras [TLC, 10 p.m.] Elsewhere, the Meteorite Men [Science Channel, 9 p.m.] are two guys who look for, well, meteroites on their six-episode show, which was previewed with a special last May. At least they’re not looking for ghosts. Oh, and American Idol [Fox, 8 p.m.] is still on.
  • Thursday, Jan. 21
    Although it feels like we just met Snooki and were debating about the use of the term “guido,” Jersey Shore [MTV, 10 p.m.] ends its eight-episode run tonight. I’d bet it and its cast members will be back.

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.