The Voice’s great promo wrecked by a Kardashians star

One of the best ads during the Super Bowl was a promo for The Voice‘s second season, and it had a surprise ending that made it even better. Now, NBC has re-edited the same promo, and not very well, injecting another reality star, Bruce Jenner, in the place of Betty White.

It’s somewhat clever in that there’s a tie-in with the Olympics, and Bruce Jenner is moderately self-deprecating here, but nowhere near as funny as Betty White.

Part of what doesn’t work is the recycling: We already know what’s coming, and it seems cheap of NBC to not create a brand-new promo that’s equally as awesome. Also, the edits are weak: They clearly didn’t re-shoot the ending, and instead went with some unused footage of CeeLo and added a voice-over to identify Jenner–and it’s never a good sign if you have to say the joke/identify the allegedly famous person.

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.