Rachel and Brendon return to TV tonight

Overexposed Big Brother and Amazing Race cast members Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas are back on a reality show tonight at 9 p.m. ET, but is not, thankfully, the CBS show that unleashed them upon the world. Instead, a new HGTV show will use them to draw viewers–except inexplicable programming strategy has led HGTV to schedule the episode at the exact same time Big Brother 14 debuts.

Natural Born Sellers is another HGTV real estate show that follows, according the network, “a successful California family of real estate agents in their quest to remain in the elite top one percent of agents in the country.” In tonight’s premiere episode, here’s what we’ll see:

“Real Estate Agents Marissa and Julianna help television stars and engaged couple Rachel and Brendon find their first home. Brendon insists on staying close to UCLA but Rachel wants to get the most bang for her buck, even if that means going to the Valley.”

Rachel and Brendon appear about 20 seconds into this teaser commercial, but you’ll know when that happens because Rachel’s mouth is open so wide all of the things in your house will be pulled into it:

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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