ABC renews Shaq vs., Dating in the Dark, but not Conveyor Belt of Love

ABC is bringing back two mediocre reality shows this summer: Shaq vs. and Dating in the Dark. But there is no mention at all of Conveyor Belt of Love getting a full season after airing a single special earlier this year–which is disappointing, but not really a surprise considering ABC executive Steve McPherson mocked it when critics asked about it.

Shaq Vs. is the overly scripted and heavily produced competition series that features Shaq taking on other pro athletes in their sports, and Dating in the Dark features people going on dates in a pitch-black room, and it wasn’t terrible but wasn’t great, either.

Six episodes of the dating show will air this summer, Variety reports, and a separate report says that the six episodes of Shaq’s series will be “placing him in other competitions such as spelling bees or competitive eating,” but he’ll still do athletic competitions.

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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