Brad Womack returning as The Bachelor

The Bachelor‘s 11th star, Brad Womack is returning as the star of the show’s 15th season. That report is contrary to other reports that the show would be fronted by either alumnus Ty Brown or Chris Lambton, who reportedly rejected the offer back in August, and was subsequently protected by Chris Harrison.

“All signs are pointing to Brad being the next Bachelor. And it’s not that far fetched because apparently they asked him last year before asking Jake Pavelka,” Steve Carbone, aka Reality Steve, told Star Magazine.

The well-connected blogger, whose reports on the show are nearly always exactly right, later wrote on Twitter, “Not a rumor anymore. Brad Womack will be the next Bachelor. Expect them to officially announce it later this week, if not tonight on DWTS.”

Texas bar owner Brad is essentially responsible for the show’s resurgence. During his season’s finale, Brad rejected both women, leading the show to embrace its failures instead of–or alongside–the fairy tale bullshit.

Brad Womack: The Next Bachelor! [Star Magazine]

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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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.