TLC cancels All-American Muslim

All-American Muslim, the docudrama that followed several Muslim families in Dearborn, Mich., has been cancelled by TLC.

The Detroit Free Press reports on the cancellation, which the show’s cast recently learned about. “Cast members said they were told by TLC the show didn’t get high enough ratings to continue, but some said they are skeptical of that claim since the show’s ratings were equal to those of many other shows,” the paper reported.

But the show’s ratings decreased over time, and after five episodes, it was the 78th most-watched Sunday night cable show. Most likely, the show was not insane or exploitative enough to draw the kind of ratings that TLC’s usual freak show parade usually does.

While it set out to explore and show the diversity of people and families who share a faith unfamiliar to many people, All-American Muslim will be perhaps most notable for outing Lowe’s as a company willing to kowtow to stupid bigots, which the company continued to do.

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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