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.

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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