Jersey Combat is not, alas, a fight to the death between New Jersey reality show contestants

National Geographic Channel announced a new series called Jersey Combat, and that sounds like it has a lot of potential: There are way too many reality shows now set in New Jersey, thanks to Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, so having them fight each other seems like a natural evolution.

Sadly, Jersey Combat is just a documentary series that focuses on the people who run “the world’s largest military warehouse,” which has 500 years of artifacts, suck as knights’ helmets and weapons.

Two other new shows the network announced are exactly as they seem: American Chainsaw follows a chainsaw sculptor, while Bid & Destroy is about a demolition company that strips a place of things of value and then destroys the structure.

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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