10 hours of reality TV finales and premieres air tonight

Because networks hate us, there are 10 overlapping hours of reality TV finale and premiere episodes airing tonight. Ten! At least we get free desserts today from one of them. The 10 hours break down like this:

  1. Survivor Nicaragua, CBS, 8 to 9 p.m.
  2. America’s Got Talent, NBC, 8 to 10 p.m.
  3. Masterchef, Fox, 8 to 10 p.m.
  4. Big Brother 12, CBS, 9 to 11 p.m.
  5. Top Chef DC, Bravo, 10 to 11 p.m.
  6. The Real World New Orleans, MTV, 10 to 11 p.m.
  7. Top Chef Just Desserts, Bravo, 11 to midnight

And I’ve excluded the finale of Chasing Mummies [History, 10 p.m.] because of its badly scripted nature, complete with an actor who has her role on the show on her resume, and series that are just airing regular episodes, such as America’s Next Top Model, the “we’re serious about fashion this time, really” cycle.

Time to fire up the DVRs and/or ingest lots of caffeine. Because you know the one show you skip tomorrow night will be the one everyone will be talking about tomorrow morning.

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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.