An American Family: 2011 Attention Span Edition debuts tonight on PBS

Tonight, PBS will air a two-hour version of An American Family. The “Anniversary Edition” has been condensed from its 12-hour version by its original filmmakers, Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond, and debuts at 8 p.m. ET. If you haven’t yet seen the series that gave birth to reality television, which earlier this year was rebroadcast in its entirety on some stations, this is your best bet, as it’s not on DVD or available elsewhere.

Check your location station’s schedule, but the condensed version is also available on Facebook–which is good because the first hour airs at the same time as So You Think You Can Dance‘s results show, and the second hour overlaps with Big Brother 13‘s debut.

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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