Top Chef Masters 2 returns as the (hopefully misleading) trailer emphasizes drama

Just a few hours left until the second season of Top Chef Masters, which I’m excited about because the first was so fantastic, and far exceeded the latest regular edition. It returns tonight on Bravo at 11 p.m. ET, fa owing the fine uh chowin on She Jean Us–I mean, Shear Genius.

The trailer for the new season (below) does have me slightly concerned, since it emphasizes drama and conflict. One of the best things about the first season was its relative lack of interpersonal conflict and stupidity despite the intense competition, which made the Voltaggios et al seem even more lame once their season came around.

However, watching it again, it’s pretty clear that these are mostly all moments of fun and frivolity that have been edited to suggest otherwise; combined with the Bravo voice-over guy talking into his hand dramatically, it seems worse than it will be. I hope.

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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