Top Shot returns tonight: give it a shot

The History Channel’s first competition reality series, Top Shot, returns for its second season tonight at 10 p.m. ET, and if you didn’t get aboard last season, it’s worth watching.

The Colby Donaldson-hosted series is interesting even to people, like me, who have no real experience or even interest in guns; it’s about talented, skilled people being tested in creative ways, so it’s not unlike Project Runway or Top Chef, though its structure borrows heavily from the show that made its Probstian host famous, Survivor. (The first season is on DVD, or you can watch it on iTunes or on Amazon, where season one’s episode one is free.)

As this preview of the new season shows, its challenges are also impressive, and are usually interesting to watch. This clip also highlights the show’s strong cinematography, including super-slow motion explosions, which are always fun. And if none of that appeals to you, there’s a strategic component that includes Tribal Council-style voting with a handgun. Awesome.

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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