San Francisco Giants will be followed for a Friday Night Lights-like Showtime reality series

Pay cable network Showtime has teamed with Major League Baseball’s production company to follow the San Francisco Giants, the 2010 World Series winners, for a new hour-long reality series that was compared to Friday Night Lights, which Showtime’s new president, David Nevins, produced. It does not yet have a name, but it will air during the second half of baseball season, with a special introduction airing on opening day.

The series is produced by Major League Baseball Productions, which is filming the team and its family members; coaches and staff; and team owners and managers for 10 months.

Showtime says it has “unprecedented team access,” although with MPB producing, it raises questions of the show’s objectivity.”I think they’re really interested in telling an honest story,” Nevins just told TV critics, responding to a question about how much control the team and Major League Baseball have. He also said it was “a long haul putting the show together.”

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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