Mark Burnett’s new ABC series Expedition Impossible sounds like the next great network reality show

ABC has announced a new Mark Burnett-produced competition series that will air next summer, and it sounds like a combination of The Amazing Race, Survivor, and The Mole, and thus sounds awesome. It’s also great to see a network embrace a non-studio series, and The Bachelor vacations don’t count.

On Expedition Impossible, “teams of three will solve problems while racing across deserts, over mountains and through rivers,” according to ABC, which calls this “the next evolution in high adventure and human drama.”

There’s no information about the prize, just that the race will involve 10 legs, and be filmed in April. The series is now casting “dynamic, competitive, and energetic teams.”

The series is also executive produced by Lisa Hennessy, who has executive produced Great American Road Trip, The Contender, Pirate Master, and Rock Star.

Update: As a commenter pointed out, this show sounds nearly identical to Treasure Hunters, the 2006 NBC series produced by Magical Elves that followed 10 teams of three racing across the US and Europe to solve puzzles. More on it here.

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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