WWE’s Tough Enough reborn on USA tonight

Few reality shows get a chance at a second life, but tonight, more than six years after the WWE’s wrestling competition series Tough Enough was cancelled after airing a fourth season that was integrated with Smackdown, the show is being resurrected on USA. It debuts at 11 tonight, and will air at 8 on subsequent Mondays.

Stone Cold Steve Austin will host the former MTV series, and perhaps because it’s on a new network and has new producers, the trailer calls it a “new reality series.” It’s also the first reality series USA has aired in years.

On the show, “contestants will battle it out each week in a series of unique challenges designed to test for such characteristics as showmanship, creativity, athleticism and desire,” according to the network, which notes that “[e]ach episode will feature a current WWE Superstar, who will introduce the contenders to a quality that they must possess to make it to the top of the sports entertainment world.”

Sounds kind of like The Next Iron Chef, actually, just with fake punching instead of cooking.

Here’s the trailer:

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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