Real Housewives of Top Chef coming to Bravo

Earlier this year, an event featuring Michelle Obama and several former Top Chef contestants was revealed to be part of a new Bravo series, Life After Chef.

Yesterday, Bravo announced that Magical Elves-produced series and its stars: “Richard Blais in Atlanta, Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Spike Mendelsohn in D.C., and Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles as they reach milestones in both their personal lives and culinary careers, from opening their own restaurants to expanding franchises and establishing themselves as culinary leaders in the food world.”

Life After Top Chef, as it’s now called, sounds interesting, and they’ve certainly chosen four people who are good combinations of talent and personality. But the preview for the show makes it seem dangerously like The Real Housewives of Top Chef: contrived situations designed to produce drama. Bravo is becoming more and more about assholes behaving like assholes, and this seems to take one more step in that direction.

There is hope, especially in the description, and if it’s more docudrama than docusoap than docubullshit, it’ll be a fun spin-off from one of reality TV’s greatest, if declining, competition franchises. Otherwise, ugh.

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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