Phil Keoghan’s bike trip film airs the day before Rachel, Brendon infect Amazing Race’s 20th season

The Amazing Race debuts its 20th season on Sunday, with obnoxious Big Brother cast members Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas among the teams racing for $1 million. This trailer makes me excited to watch again, while the commercials CBS has airing with Rachel crying are the reason why I have not yet scheduled it to record on my DVR.

The day before, on Saturday, Showtime will debut host Phil Keoghan’s documentary The Ride at 8 p.m. ET. The film, which was in theaters last year, follows Phil’s 2009 bike trip across America for multiple reasons, including to raise money and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

If you don’t have Showtime, rent or watch on Amazon or download or rent it from iTunes. Here’s Showtime’s 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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